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Photograph - Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Factory Worker Manufacturing Kettles, circa 1920 Image Reg. No: MM 106999

Summary:
Photograph of a male factory worker shaping components of Hecla Electric Safety Kettles. The picture was probably taken at the Little Collins Street or Little Bourke Street factory premises, in the early 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.'
Description:
Black and white photograph with white border. It is adhered with sticky tape at each corner to a buff paper backing.
Description Of Content:
Photograph of male factory worker in overalls shaping the body component of an electric kettle. To the right of the image are stacks of kettle components. In the background two factory workers converse.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Phil Wollen, 2004
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 98 mm (Height), 128 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: manufacturing, factory workers, factories, manufacturing workers, 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, Top LHC: '8'
Model Name/Number: AUTO-SAFETY KETTLE
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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