Photograph - Chef Standing at Hecla Bain Marie, circa 1930s Image Reg. No: MM 106802

Black and white photograph of Hecla fryer/ bain marie in use, circa 1930s. Stove has large sign reading 'Electric Cooking' over the fume hood and is situated in a commercial kitchen.

This photograph is from an album containing 255 black and white photographs depicting electrical appliances, showroom displays, factory interiors and advertising material relating to Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd. It is part of the Hecla collection of photographs, documents, products, manuals and promotional materials from the Hecla Electrics factories in Melbourne. This collection dates from the late 19th century to the late 20th century and was acquired in 2004 from the current owner of the Hecla Electrics brand.

Hecla Electrics manufactured and distributed a wide range of domestic and commercial electric appliances products to Australasia, such as heaters, kettles, toasters, stoves and water heaters. Its client base included households, commercial businesses such as cafés, hospitals and offices, as well as the military. The company promoted its goods through advertisements in home magazines and displays in shop windows, home shows and the 1935 All-Electricity Exhibition. Hecla Electrics became a household name in Melbourne during the 1920s and remained a popular Australian brand until the late 20th century.'
Black and white photograph adhered with sticky tape to white backing paper with holes punched on side. Photograph is attached at all four corners.
Description Of Content:
Black and white photograph of commercial kitchen with a man in a white chef's hat and apron posing with fried food at an electric cooker. The walls of the kitchen are plain white tiles with a black checkered edging and the floor has a busy diamond pattern. There are several signs advertising take-away food along the right hand wall and a bench with serving platters underneath.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Phil Wollen, 2004
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 168 mm (Height), 216 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: domestic appliances, retail workers, kitchens, displays, electronics
Themes this item is part of: Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Electrical Appliance Manufacturers, Melbourne, Victoria, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: COMMERCE & RETAILING
Secondary Classification: Domestic Appliances
Inscriptions: Front, left hand side, handwritten, grey pencil: [arrow drawn with points at top at bottom of photograph]
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Australia, circa 1930s
Manufacturer of Item Depicted: Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1930s

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