Tiny Treasures

Melbourne in the 1920s

Melbourne, Melbourne. What a city you are. You’ve been touted as the best city to live in for the last 4 years, your alleyway restaurants and cafes are some of the best in the world, and you look pretty good on a rainy day. But how did you look before?

I’ve trawled the internet to find photos of Melbourne from the flapper days of the 1920s. Going through all the images, even the ones from Edwardian times, it creates a feeling of nostalgia for a time you may have never lived. You also realise how strange a phenomenon time can be.

When you think that along the paths you walk to get home, to work; the houses you live in and the buildings you work in, these places have existed for hundreds of years. Millions and millions and footsteps have pattered along the same streets we walk along now. And yet how often do we stop think about it? That we live in this ever changing world and it’s so brief yet so elongated at the same time.

Melbourne’s facade has changed, and it will continue to do so. And one day other future generations will be looking at out photos in awe of the past, but our present.

Enjoy the photos below, and I’ve slipped in one from 1950 because the woman’s outfit is spectacularly chic.

Most of these photos are from a lovely little website, Collector’s Marvelous Melbourne, I stumbled across. I highly recommend having a browse — you never know what you might stumble across!


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