The Milk Bars Book: Milkshakes, Memories and Mixed Lollies: Documenting Australia's Fading Corner Stores

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Eamon Donnelly, Nov 23, 2018 - 424 pages
Everyone remembers their corner milk bar; the milkshakes, the memories and the mixed lollies. Chock-a-bloc, richly nostalgic and colourfully illustrated, the milk bars book will take you back to those hot summer afternoons when you met your mates at the milk bar and spent your hard-earned pocket money on a bag of mixed lollies, an ice cream or a milkshake, the place of childhood dreams. Documenting these sweet and colourful family run institutions, author and photographer Eamon Donnelly has dedicated over a decade to capturing the faded facades, sun-kissed signage and inviting interiors of milk bars and corner shops from all over Australia. Featuring photography of shopfronts, signage and interiors, archival ads of snacks and sweets, the history of the milk bar and family memories from behind the countertop, the milk bars book celebrates an iconic Australian invention that for generations has helped shape our suburbs, supported our communities, contributed to our diverse culture and given generations of children that glorious childhood experience of the milk bar. "Eamon has a knack for capturing moments of Australian life like few others. Our past needs to be valued, documented and celebrated. The simplicity of the milk bar experience, a cherished memory of our childhoods, is one that should be elevated to a higher plane."Tim 'Rosso' Ross.Take a trip down memory lane to the days where there was a friendly milk bar on every corner.

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Eamon Donnelly is an artist, illustrator, designer and photographer from Melbourne, Australia. His work centres around his nostalgia for childhood and the Australian way of life. As an Illustrator his work has been commissioned by international publications and brands including Rolling Stone, Playboy, Billboard, Newsweek, Bloomberg Businessweek, ESPN, GQ, Triple J Mag, Rip Curl, Mountain Dew, American Airlines, Complex, Maxim, Elwood, Golden Plains Music Festival, Hungry Jacks, Runners World, Nike 6.0, Red Bull, Peters Ice Cream and VH1; the latter of which won gold and silver awards at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and the Clio Awards in New York. He has exhibited in Australia, the US and the UK and has spoken at the National Gallery of Australia and Melbourne's AGIdeas design conference. A 1980s Australiana nostalgic and unofficial milk bar historian, for the past decade Donnelly's passion for the subject of milk bars has taken him all over the continent documenting the last of the colourful and fading Oz corner shops, milk bars, mixed businesses, general stores and delis, capturing their faded facades, sun-kissed signage and inviting interiors. The Milk Bars Project has been featured by The New York Times, The Today Show, The Age, Herald Sun, The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, Geelong Advertiser, Daily Mail, The Weekly Review, VICE, Southern Cross News, Channel 31, Studio 10, 3AW, ABC Radio, Triple RRR, Jetstar Magazine, Monster Children, Desktop, Broadsheet and The Design Files. His documentation of Australian milk bars saw him commissioned by American Express in 2016 to travel Australia wide to document small businesses for the annual Shop Small campaign, capturing iconic family owned outback pubs, opal miners, chocolatiers, general stores, butchers, cafés and costume shops, and in 2014 he was invited to exhibit his milk bar photography across 500 street flag banners throughout the city of Sydney for the city's inaugural Art & About festival. The Milk Bars Book is his second publication on the subject after 2012's debut Milk Bar: A Photographic Archive Volume 1. Over his journeys he has sipped many a milkshake and chewed through countless bags of mixed lollies.

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