Going batty

Inspired by the latest arrival at Auckland Zoo of twins bat pups, this blog post is inspired by all things batty! Its not just the mammal that goes by this name though .. Enjoy this selection of bat inspired images drawn from the heritage collections at Auckland Libraries and find out about other types of 'bats'!

Bats, the mammal:

Ref: 4-8540, stereoscope showing two bats from F O Peat's Titirangi Treasure House, c. 1930s, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 1056-373, man holding a flying fox (Tongan fruit bat), 1960s, Sir George Grey Special Collections

Cricket bats:
Ref: 31-WP1241, Suburban Cricket Club, c. 1920s, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: AWNS-19390125-54-2, the wedding of an Otago cricket captain, 1939, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: JTD-04K-00103, trampers (one man is holding a cricket bat) and tent, 1895, West Auckland Research Centre
Ref: JTD-15K-04530, Waitakere Cricket Team, c. 1930s, West Auckland Research Centre
A bat is also a slab on which pottery is formed, dried, or fired:
Ref: Flower pot machine at Crum Brick, Tile and Pottery Co. Ltd., New Lynn, 1966, West Auckland Research Centre
Brick bats, is the term used by brick layers and archaeologists to refer to broken bricks:

Ref: JTD-14G-00483, Brick bats at Scott's landing, Henderson Creek, 1960, West Auckland Research Centre

Aeroplane bats (which look like table tennis bats) are used by a person on the ground to guide in a taxiing aircraft:

Ref: AWNS-19321221-41-4, plane landing, 1932, Sir George Grey Special Collections