A photograph of Collins Street looking west from the Elizabeth Street corner around 1916. At this time Melbourne looked so civilised, so prosperous. The architecture of the major buildings was stunning, and the city's wide streets allowed the facades to be viewed in all their glory. Sadly, we only have these photos to remind us of what we have lost.
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Photograph attributed to the Kerr Brothers.
The notes from the State Library tell us that this image "Shows the Spencer Street tram (actually the Spring Street tram), and the premises of R. White on the left corner, no. 307, and Hicks Atkinson on the right. Advertisements visible for: Milo Cigarettes; Reckitt's Blue; Brasso; Pure Velvet Soap; and C.E. Miller & Co. Foreign, Interstate Removers Storers, Vacuum Carpet Cleaners."
This is a digitally retouched reproduction of the original held by the State Library of Victoria. Our team of conservators have worked on a high resolution digital image in order to remove blemishes and artifacts such as stains, mould, scratches and damage caused by the handling of the original. We strive to provide authentic representations of the original work that are suitable for enlargements that retain the tones and character of the original.