Cole's Book Arcade was a massive three-storey bookstore in the heart of Melbourne opened 1883. But this was a bookshop with a difference. It had a fernery, a wonderland with funny mirrors, a music department, a lolly shop, a lending library...there were secondhand books for sale, a Chinese tea salon, even a live monkey display! The arcade was the embodiment of one man's vision and humanitarian ideals: Edward William Cole.

Cole's Book Arcade was a massive three-storey bookstore in the heart of Melbourne opened

1903: Crowds of shoppers throng Smith Street, Collingwood in the area near Foy and Gibson's. Further down the street are Treadway's drapers, the post office, T. E. Jones bootshop and The Hall. Trams go in both directions, elegantly dressed women hurry back and forth across the road and the kerbs are lined with horses and carriages. The huge Foy and Gibson shop has an elaborate facade built over its verandah and dominates the streetscape.

Christmas and New Year shopping in Smith Street. Crowds of shoppers throng Smith Street in the area near Foy and Gibson's. Further down the street are Treadway's drapers, the post office, T. Jones boot shop and The Hall.

Vintage Melbourne Australia.  Edwardian postcard showing cnr Swanston and Collins Sts. featuring the Town Hall.

HISTORY: Edwardian postcard showing the corner of Swanston and Collins Streets, featuring the Melbourne Town Hall

Vintage Flinders St Rail Overpass Melbourne Victoria Australia

Flinders Street - The Fish Market clocktower is gone, not long before the rest will be demolished.

photo Fred Mitchell - Evening Traffic Johnston Street, Collingwood Melbourne Australia, 1962.  (heading toward Smith Street)

photo Fred Mitchell - Evening Traffic Johnston Street, Collingwood Melbourne Australia, (heading toward Smith Street)

Victoria, Australia 1960s: Check out the clothes! A time tunnel. 1960: Crowds celebrate Moomba in Melbourne. Picture: Herald Sun Image Library

Victoria, Australia Check out the clothes! A time tunnel. Crowds celebrate Moomba in Melbourne. Picture: Herald Sun Image Library NB buildings all demolished late for City Square abomination

Bourke Street, 1920s.

HISTORY: Gentlemen waiting for their better halves to finish shopping, Bourke Street

Flinders Street Station, Melbourne               The 1932 interior of Flinders St Station. The station remains largely the same today. Picture: File - Argus Collection

Flinders Street Station, Melbourne The 1932 interior of Flinders St Station. The station remains largely the same today.

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