At the height of the Great Depression in 1932, Australia had an unemployment rate of 29% and thousands of desperate people around the country queued for the dole.
Enterprising jobless devised novel ways of earning money. Determined to make the best of a bad situation and putting their creativity to good use, they made, designed, knitted, painted and otherwise created various products and tramped city, suburban and country streets hawking their wares door to door.
Making a copy of a commercial item and selling it was known as “faking”. Such items included wire pegs, pin-cushions, homemade soaps and kitchen utensils