Black and white photograph of the exterior of Hecla shop at 187 Sussex Street, Coburg. Photograph is touched up with white and silver paint.

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.'

Description of Content

Black and white photograph, hand coloured in silver, white and black, of exterior of corner shop. Street number and shop name are clearly visible as well as the exterior architecture of the building. Brush marks are visible where hand colouring has been applied, especially in white and silver areas.

Physical Description

Black and white hand coloured photograph on thick card adhered with sticky tape to white backing paper with holes punched on side. Photograph is attached at the centre top and bottom.

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