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Photograph - Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Factory Worker Operating Casting Equipment, circa 1920 Image Reg. No: MM 107001

Photograph of a male factory worker posed operating metal casting equipment. In his left hand he holds a flat ring shaped object, in his right he is pulling a heavy rope. 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.'
Black and white photograph with white border. It is adhered with sticky tape at each corner to a buff paper backing.
Description Of Content:
Image of a male factory worker in dungarees. He holds a flat metal ring and is pulling a heavy rope that operates metal moulding equipment.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Phil Wollen, 2004
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 101 mm (Height), 132 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: manufacturing, workers, metalworking, factory workers, factories, manufacturing workers, manufacturing plants, electric household 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 RHC: '1'
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920
Organisation Depicted: Hecla Electrics Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920


john aitken Posted on 08 Nov 2011 8:11 PM
the object the man illustrated is holding is the fascia of a heater

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