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Negative - Olympic Tyre & Rubber Company, West Footscray, 1961 Image Reg. No: MM 052807

Black and white 5" x 4" negative showing a process worker operating a tyre building machine at Olympic Tyre and Rubber Company in 1961.

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" photographic 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:
A worker operating a tyre machine at Olympic Tyre and Rubber Company, Cross St, West Footscray. The man is applying tread rubber to the tyre. This is one of the final processes in tyre manufacture before the 'green' tyre is vulcanised or shaped.
Laurie Richards Collection, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 100 mm (Height), 103 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: factories, industrial equipment, manufacturing workers, motor cars, production lines, tyres, protective clothing safety wear, meatworks
Themes this item is part of: Laurie Richards Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Transport Collection, Laurie Richards Studio, Photographer, Melbourne, Victoria, Olympic Tyre & Rubber Co.
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Motor Vehicles - Maintenance
Tertiary Classification: tyre retreading
Original Caption: Olympic Tyres, 100 Racecourse Road, Flemington
Format: Negative: Black & White; 5 in. x 4 in.
Place & Date Depicted: West Footscray, Victoria, Australia, 12 Jul 1961
Photographer: Laurie Richards Studio, Alphington, Victoria, Australia, 1961
Organisation Depicted: Olympic Tyre & Rubber Co Pty Ltd, Australia, 12 Jul 1961

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