Hecla factory workers wiring switches on electric stoves, possibly at the Little Bourke Street Factory in Melbourne. The floor is crowded with partially completed "Hecla" Electric Stoves, model "B".

The Electric Stove Model "B" was introduced in the mid 1920s. It was constructed from heavy gauge steel and 'encased in a thick asbestos jacket to avoid loss of heat'. The stove comprised two heating units, the upper for grilling, the lower for oven use. In addition the oven was fitted with hot plates. Along the left of the photograph are Hecla Electric Ranges, featuring small oven unit, three hot plates and optional fitted splashback.

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.'

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Photograph of a Hecla factory floor; workers wire switches on Hecla electric stoves.

Physical Description

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

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