Similar items over time

Photograph - Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Factory Workers, circa 1920 Image Reg. No: MM 106998

Summary:
Black and white photograph of employees at a Hecla Electrics factory in the 1920s. The photograph may be of the Little Collins Street, or Little Bourke Street premises.

The slogan "By Hecla it's good" - as used to comedic effect by Graham Kennedy in Hecla's pioneering TV advertising - is displayed in the workshop as well as on the packaging.

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.'
Description:
White bordered black and white photograph adhered with sticky tape at each corner to a buff paper backing.
Description Of Content:
Photograph of workers assembling products at benches in an industrial setting. The image is traken from behind the workers and shows the whole factory floor.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Phil Wollen, 2004
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 98 mm (Height), 128 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: manufacturing, workers, working conditions, factory workers, factories, manufacturing workers, domestic appliances, manufacturing plants, 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
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920
Organisation Depicted: Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920

Add your comment

  • Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, for more information please visit the valuation infosheet
  • Please note that Museum Victoria staff will not normally respond to comments posted on our website.
Yes No