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Negative - Female Textile Employees Operating Industrial Looms, 1950s Image Reg. No: MM 56791

Summary:
Black and white 5" x 4" negative showing a group of female workers in a textiles factory in the 1950s. They working in pairs to operate industrial looms which are weaving cloth.

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.
Description:
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 group of the interior of a textile factory where female textile workers were operating a number of industrial looms used to weave cloth. The women operating the looms are standing, while a woman sits at a desk supervising.. Spools of thread are stacked close to the looms and a large amount of rolls of fabric are stacked on pallets and racking nearby.
Acknowledgement:
Laurie Richards Collection, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 100 mm (Height), 103 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Approximate dimensions

More information

Tagged with: factories, industrial equipment, looms, manufacturing workers, textile workers, fabrics, desks, textiles, weaving
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, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Textiles
Tertiary Classification: weaving
Format: Negative: Black & White; 5 in. x 4 in.
Place & Date Depicted: Victoria, Australia, 1950s
Photographer: Laurie Richards Studio, Alphington, Victoria, Australia, 1950s

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