Uncoated inner pages
Book size is 6 × 9 inches (15×23 cm)
Long before the Americanized 24 hour ‘convenience’ stores and before the ‘Big Two’ overhauled how we buy our milk and bread with petrol, on nearly every third corner of the Australian suburbs lived the Milk Bar. The independent one stop shop with everything you needed to live day to day. In this constant changing world, the Milkbar represents an idealised image of the Australia we used to know, the faded signage and empty corner shops still dotted around our cities remind us of a simpler time, a time when you knew your fellow shopkeeper by first name.
Eamon Donnelly has been photographing Milkbars for the past 5 years as a photographic record of the shops that are decayed, closed, barely surviving and fading away within Melbourne and it’s surrounds. Featuring 100 pages of glorious colour photographs of shopfronts and faded signage with a forward by Donnelly on his informal history of the Milkbar, this book is an archive of the memories we all have of those hot and sticky summer afternoon’s when you rode your BMX up the melting bitumen to the corner shop, punched your way through the plastic fly door strips and demanded an ice cream in exchange for your 40 cents in 1 and 2 cent coins.
Eamon Donnelly is an internationally acclaimed and award winning illustrator, designer, artist and Australian archivist and historian. Donnelly has illustrated for some of the world’s most recognizable publications and brands including Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Billboard, Mens Health, Bloomberg Businessweek, Complex, ESPN, GQ, Runners World, Golden Plains Festival, Rip Curl, Red Bull, Mountain Dew, Maxim, Advertising Age, VH1 and Playboy. He has spoken at the International Design Conference AGIdeas, his illustrated work for VH1 & Y&R New York earned Gold and a Silver Clio Award in New York, Silver at the Cannes Lions, In Book at D&AD, a finalist in the London International Awards and as an illustrator he is represented by Gerald & Cullen Rapp in New York City and The Jacky Winter Group in Melbourne. Donnelly is also the founder and director of The Island Continent, a multidiciplinary studio and online archive for the Australian Image and through The Island Continent he has self publis