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A blog about the history of the former Melbourne municipality of Collingwood.

09 January 2013

#blog12daysxmas Day 12 Men's & boys' hosiery 52/1/3

Men's & boys' hosiery 52/1/3 by Collingwood Historical Society
Men's & boys' hosiery 52/1/3, a photo by Collingwood Historical Society on Flickr.

Again from the 1923 catalogue, these illustrations show socks for boys, youths and men. Of interest are the Double-clip and Rubber grip suspenders which ensured that men's socks stayed in the correct position all day. 
 
This photograph was submitted by the Collingwood Historical Society as part of the Flickr Friday Photo Challenge under the theme of "Socks".

#blog12daysxmas Day 11 Ladies' & children's hosiery 52/1/2

Ladies' & children's hosiery 52/1/2 by Collingwood Historical Society
Ladies' & children's hosiery 52/1/2, a photo by Collingwood Historical Society on Flickr.

Like the preceding illustration this photograph is also taken from the 1923 Foy & Gibson catalogue. This page shows some of the range of children's socks manufactured and sold by Foy & Gibson.

This photograph was submitted by the Collingwood Historical Society as part of the Flickr Friday Photo Challenge under the theme of "Socks".  

#blog12daysxmas Day 10 1923 Gibsonia hosiery factory 52/1/1

1923 Gibsonia hosiery factory 52/1/1 by Collingwood Historical Society
1923 Gibsonia hosiery factory 52/1/1, a photo by Collingwood Historical Society on Flickr.

This illustration is taken from the 1923 Foy & Gibson catalogue and shows the interior of the Gibsonia hosiery mill in Oxford Street Collingwood. Foy & Gibson, celebrated for its "2  miles of mills" dominated the Collingwood landscape and Collingwood life for decades.  Its buildings, now mainly converted to residential use, still dominate the Collingwood skyline. Over the decades many, many socks for girls, boys, and men would have been produced here as well as hosiery for ladies' wear.

The factories provided goods for Foy & Gibson department stores and produced men's clothing and shirts, ladies' underclothing, millinery, furniture, hardware and bedding. Warehouses stored imported goods, and the complex was a major hub for home delivery, firstly with horse-drawn vehicles and later with motorized trucks. A major source of local employment, the Foy and Gibson factory complex employed around 2000 people in all stages of the production process, from spinning to despatch and delivery.

For more information about Foy and Gibson check the website here

This photo was taken by the Collingwood Historical Society for the Flickr Friday Photo Challenge under the weekly theme of "Socks". 

02 January 2013

#blog12daysxmas Day 9 School bell 52/53/2

School bell 52/53/2 by Collingwood Historical Society

School bell 52/53/2, a photo by Collingwood Historical Society on Flickr.

 Are school bells like this still used?  Maybe the nearby residents of Gold Street Primary in Clifton Hill can tell us. Gold Street Primary, properly known as Clifton Hill Primary No. 1360, was opened in 1874. Heritage Victoria has registered Primary School No.1360 as of architectural and historical significance to the State of Victoria and placed an historical plaque on it in 2006. 

You can read more about the school on the website here.

#blog12daysxmas Day 8 Former Village Belle Hotel 53/52/1

Former Village Belle Hotel 53/52/1 by Collingwood Historical Society

Former Village Belle Hotel 53/52/1, a photo by Collingwood Historical Society on Flickr.

The former Village Belle hotel in in Abbotsford Street Abbotsford on the south west corner of Hunter Street operated from 1868 to 1918. It is now a private residence.  You can read more about it in the Hotels section of the website.

This photograph was submitted by the Collingwood Historical Society for the Flickr Friday Photos 2012 challenge under the theme of "Bells".

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