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Photograph - Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Factory Workers Assembling Auto-Safety Kettles, circa 1920 Image Reg. No: MM 106994

Black and white photograph of employees assembling electric kettles, possibly taken at the Little Collins Street factory in Melbourne, circa 1920s.

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 at each corner to a buff paper backing.
Description Of Content:
Photograph of a group of men working in a manufacturing plant assembling electric kettles. The workers stand facing a bench at the left of the image, to the right and in the background of the image, trolleys of partially finished kettles are visible.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Phil Wollen, 2004
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 100 mm (Height), 128 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: manufacturing, factories, domestic appliances, kettles, manufacturing plants, electric household appliances, electrical appliances
Themes this item is part of: Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Electrical Appliance Manufacturers, Melbourne, Victoria, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Domestic Appliances
Tertiary Classification: manufacturing processes
Inscriptions: Verso, upper face LHC: '2 B'
Verso, centre: 'B'
Organisations Depicted: Hecla Pty Ltd
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920
Organisation Depicted: Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920

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