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Issue Details: First known date: 1924... 1924 The Sentry and the Shell Fairy
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Advertising material and fairy story. As Australian and New Zealand soldiers sleep nearby, a sentry at the great Pyramid in Egypt is approached by a fairy. She knows that the sentry has been wondering how the Pyramid was constructed. The fairy tells him that fairies were involved with the construction. The next night, the sentry goes to meet the Queen of the Fairies to hear the rest of the story. She explains that the building process was hampered by friction. The fairies, knowing that oil was the enemy of friction, collected oil in seashells and brought it to the workers, thus eliminating the friction and enabling the Pyramid to be built more quickly.

The fairy tells the sentry, 'To your Country we give the secret of power. All machinery — particularly motor car engines—has need of it. Take it! It will destroy the enemy of progress — Friction—and all who use it wisely will, in return, have speed with freedom from trouble'. Readers are encouraged to ask their daddies to buy Shell lubricating oil for their cars to ensure that they run smoothly.

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    • Melbourne, Victoria,: s.n. , 1924 .
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      Link: 8505592Full text document AustLit Full Text
      Extent: 16p.
      Description: col. illus.
      Note/s:
      • E. Morris Miller in Australian Literature : From its Beginnings to 1935 : Volume II and Marcie Muir in Australian Children's Books : A Bibliography : Volume One 1774-1972 attribute the work to George W. Martin.
      • Publication issued to advertise British Imperial Oil - 'With compliments from the British Imperial Oil Company Limited'.
      • Digitised by AustLit, 2010, from the collection of the NLA.
Last amended 28 Apr 2015 08:07:59
Subjects:
  • The Pyramids,
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    Egypt,
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    North Africa, Africa,
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  • c
    Egypt,
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    North Africa, Africa,
  • The Pyramids,
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    Egypt,
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    North Africa, Africa,
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