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- A Photographer Alphington, Australia
Negative - Male Manufacturing Employees Operating Overhead Cranes at a Textile Factory, 1950s Reg. No: MM 56804
- Black and white 5" x 4" negative showing a group of male manufacturing workers at a textile factory in the 1950s. They are using overhead travelling cranes to lift racks containing spools of thread into and out of large metal dyeing vats.
This image is part of the Laurie Richards Collection at Museum Victoria comprising approximately 85,000 negatives taken by the Melbourne based Laurie Richards Studio between the 1950s -1970s. These negatives are all mostly large format [5"x 4"/ 12.5 x 10 cm], black and white images, though a significant number are in colour. The many photographic jobs that were undertaken in the course of thirty years are itemised in a set of log books, copies of which are also held by Museum Victoria.
Laurie Richards was a professional photographer who began his career as a photo-journalist, working for the Advertiser newspaper in Adelaide, and the Argus and the Herald newspapers in Melbourne. In 1953, he opened his own business and set up a photographic studio at his home at 4 Tower Avenue, Alphington, an inner suburb of Melbourne. At its peak, in the late 1960s, the Laurie Richards Studio was one of Melbourne's pre-eminent commercial photographic studios, employing twelve photographers. The Laurie Richards Studio worked mainly in advertising and public relations, and had a broad clientele which included commercial companies, government institutions and the entertainment industry.
- Black and white 5" x 4" cellullose acetate negative.
- Statement Of Significance:
- Because of the breadth of both the subject matter photographed and the diverse businesses which commissioned the work, and the excellent documentation that accompanies the collection, the Laurie Richards Collection at Museum Victoria is an invaluable record of Melbourne?s commercial and industrial past and as such gives an insight into the social history of that period.
- Description Of Content:
- View of a factory showing a group of male manufacturing workers moving spools of thread into and out of large metal dyeing vats at a textile factory. The men are standing at the vats or operating overhead cranes. Electronic instrument panels are fixed onto the walls near the vats. Signs at the rear of the space and along the wall at the right of the photograph state 'DANGER LIVE WIRES 400 VOLTS'.
- Laurie Richards Collection, Museum Victoria
|Dimensions:||100 mm (Height), 103 mm (Width)|
|Dimension Comment:||Approximate dimensions|
|Tagged with:||factories, industrial equipment, manufacturing workers, overhead travelling cranes, textile workers, textiles, threads, protective clothing safety wear|
|Themes this item is part of:||Laurie Richards Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Laurie Richards Studio, Photographer, Melbourne, Victoria|
|Primary Classification:||MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY|
|Tertiary Classification:||manufacturing processes|
|Format:||Negative: Black & White; 5 in. x 4 in.|
|Place & Date Depicted:||Victoria, Australia, 1950s|
|Photographer:||Laurie Richards Studio, Alphington, Victoria, Australia, 1950s|