Black and white photograph of Leo Sterne and an unknown male in uniform holding up newspaper headlines declaring end of World War II.

Description of Content

Leo Sterne, on the left in the photograph, is holding up 'The Herald' newspaper with the headline 'Peace - World Hails Jap Surrender'. Another unknown man in a military uniform standing next to Leo Sterne is also holding up two newspapers. 'The Sun' newspaper heading reads ' War Ends In Europe' and the other newspaper heading reads 'Peace - Japan Accepts Surrender Terms'. There is a prickly pear plant in the background.

Physical Description

Small black and white photograph.


This item is part of a growing collection of material relating to the migration and settlement experiences of Leo and Hilda Sterne who arrived in Melbourne in 1939. They immediately established a business that became one of the most successful doll and toy manufacturers in post-war Melbourne.

The L J Sterne Doll Company (1939-71) is significant as one of the few surviving collections related to an Australian toy and doll manufacturer, a once thriving industry in Australia. Only the A. L. Lindsay and Co. Archive at the Powerhouse Museum and the Jakas Toys collection at Museum Victoria are comparable.

This collection of photographs, business and promotional documents, dolls, and toys enables the exploration of many Australian post-war historical and social themes including: local television and manufacturing industries; design and production innovation; marketing and merchandising; childhood; gender and cultural representations; leisure and sport; and key cultural and historical events.

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