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.