Card No. 72 from the Men of Stamina, Series No. 4, depicting Sir Ernest Shackleton. It is one of a set of these cards used and owned by Bill Boyd in the 1950s. Shackleton was a polar explorer and a key figure in what became known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
Stamina Clothing Company was an Australian manufacturer of men's and boys' clothing.

The William Boyd Childhood Collection includes most of the childhood possessions of William (Bill) Boyd, who was born in 1947 and raised in the Victorian town of Maryborough. Kept by Lillian Boyd (Bill's mother) for decades, upon her death the Collection was donated by Bill to the former Museum of Childhood at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. When the Museum of Childhood closed it was transferred to Museum Victoria.

Physical Description

Rectangular card with colour head and shoulders portrait of Sir Ernest Shackleton on the front. The reverse of the card has red and black text along the top and bottom and a logo for Stamina Clothing in the centre.


Encompassing toys, books, clothing and other items, the William Boyd Childhood Collection is rare in its comprehensiveness: even ephemera such as the back of a Cornflakes box are included. The Collection demonstrates a range of prominent themes in the lives of postwar Victorian children, such as the ability to 'make do' under austere circumstances; the shift in toy manufacture towards plastic materials and mass production; the continuing cultural influence of Britain; the increasing embrace of American popular culture; the prominence of gender roles; and the popularity of transport and war themed toys for boys.

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