In about the year I was born my father built my maternal grandparents a new brick home in the suburb of South Oakleigh. Foolishly it was built on a main road that became a busy car and truck route, and as nice as the house was, it was only two bedroom, so impractical when their daughter ended up having four children, but we managed when we stayed. The kitchen had a pull out dough making board and the laundry a fold down ironing board that was unfortunately unusable as it rested at an angle on a the new automatic Frigidaire washing machine.
Note the Malcolm Reid furniture store? While Adelaide based, the company had branched out to Melbourne and sold high end furniture.
Here is a colour photo of the store.
In preparation for the connection of a sewerage system, the house had an indoor flushing toilet, but of course it couldn't be used and there was outbuilding with a lav, emptied by collectors who slung the pans on their backs and I remember seeing them and they wore a large rubber back covering to prevent their clothes being splashed.
A new house needed new furniture and Mother took her mother in to Malcolm Reid to shop. Mother selected everything, including crystal dressing table handles to match the crystal door handles that Mother had managed to sneak into the house fitout, telling her father they were just glass. My Pop just paid the bill in both cases.
This photo of Malcolm Reid furniture shows quite closely the style Mother selected to furnish her mother's home
What remains of the furniture? Mother still has the three piece lounge suite, somewhat nicer than this one in the photo and plans to have it reupholsted for the second time and move it to where she lives at my brother's.
In a a crate in our spare room I have the crystal handles from my grandmother's dressing table, and this mirror in our short hallway was part of the dressing table. It has a wonderful curvy bevelled edge and the original felt pads where the clasps clamp it to the backboard.
I guess high end reproduction furniture fell out of favour and Malcolm Reid closed down. It is a now a Quest accommodation hotel, no doubt empty because of COVID, although it could be housing the homeless and/or domestic violence victims.