Black and white photograph of men working in a Hecla Electrics factory assembling Auto-Safety Kettles, possibly the Little Bourke Street site, 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 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

Photograph of men working in a manufacturing plant, probably in the early 1920s. The factory has simple equipment and is lit and ventilated by banks of windows along the left hand wall. The workers are engaged in production of electric kettles; in front of them are racks of partially completed kettles.

Physical Description

Black and white photograph adhered with sticky tape at each corner to a buff paper backing.

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