Dec 1941 – “Bourke Street Looking To Parliament House, Melbourne, Vic.”, Australia – rare, vintage real photo post card – circa 1940s – Melbourne Picture

Dec 1941 -

Xmas postcard sent to Australian Army Driver Tom Beazley of 1/2 Movement Control Group, Middle East Headquarters (Cairo), 2nd Australian Imperial Force, from his mum, living in Wodonga, Victoria, Australia.

Digitized by myself at high resolution & fully restored (with a touch of duo-tone to give better building definition) from the badly rubbed, scratched & faded original photo post card, using Adobe Photoshop Creative Studio 8.0 (note – reproduction of this postcard is no longer restricted by commercial Copyright).

The original glass slide image that this particular post card was published from was produced by the Rose Stereograph Co. A few other postcard versions were also published. The original image is no longer restricted by any form of Copyright (reason – unknown exact date of publishing & before 1955).

As for my own substantial restoration effort, the only Copyright I ask for if anyone wished to download & use this restoration in any way is for Public Attribution & No Derivatives.



View is looking north-east along Bourke Street from the Queen St intersection. The iconic GPO building (centre left) with clock tower (clock shows 4.26 PM) is on the corner of Elizabeth St. Many years later, the section of Bourke St from the GPO to Swanston St (the next intersection further on towards Parliament House in this pic) was closed to traffic & officially re-opened as a pedestrian mall in 1983 by Their Royal Highnesses, Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Many commercial signs can be seen when zoomed in at the maximum image size, including (from far left clockwise to far right) – "Hoover", "Victoria Hotel", "Melb. Plant Market" (Cnr of Hardware St), "Beau Brummel Laundry" (van), "Rogur Tea with Gifts" (van), "Osram Lamps, Osram Valves, Firelli General Wires & Cables" (on the BGE building), "Warburton Framers", "Coles Garrard", "Myer" (iconic deco Myer building), "Buckleys", "Foys Mens Wear", "Hoyts" (movie cinema), "Lombards", "Horderns", "Lyceum" (theatre), "Tivoli" (theatre), "Liberty" (finance), "Coles" (general store), "Dunklings" (jewelry), "T. Gaunt & Co." (watchmaker & jeweller), "London Stores" (cnr of Elizabeth St – homewares), "Halls Bookshop", "Hardware Co. Of Australia Pty Ltd" (sign on tricycle being ridden by man with a hat), "Bergers Paint Depot", "Thomas Evans Pty Ltd" (manufacturers & importers), "Scott Bonner Pty Ltd" (lawn mowing equipment) & lastly, "Film House".

Melbourne double decker bus, registration AT-220 is seen at front left of pic.

Image published by aussiejeff on 2017-07-29 02:06:10 and used under Creative Commons license.

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