Summary

Black and white photograph of McDonald & Co. Electrical Contractors shop with window display of Hecla domestic appliances circa 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 caf├ęs, 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 of Content

Black and white photograph of an electrical contractor's shop window with a busy display of electrical appliances and advertising material. There are some price tags at the front (prices are given in pounds). The shopfront is tiled along the bottom and there are signs all along the top of the window advertising goods and services offered.

Physical Description

Black and white photograph adhered with sticky tape to white backing paper with holes punched on side. Photograph is attached at all four corners.

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