Retro Mamma is a unique local business based in String Bean Alley at Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market. We specialise in two very distinct areas.​

Vintage Photography​

You will find everything related to vintage photography, from antique cameras and film to make them operable, to a huge range of images on paper, glass, plastic and metal from as long ago as 1860 through to the 1970’s.

Our vintage displays are full of 19th and early 20th century photographs - thousands of cabinet cards and carte de visit (cdv’s) from Melbourne and further afield.​

The small portraits on metal are mainly ferrotypes, commonly called tin-types, which are on sheet iron. These images, produced largely by travelling photographers, represented the first opportunity for the working-class families to have their photograph taken.​

Images on glass slides range from nursery stories produced in Germany in the late 1800’s to romantic Victorian scenes and 1920’s cinema advertising.​

Vintage Adornments​

We also stock some very specific vintage fashion accessories.​

If you aspire to a special look of formal elegance and style that is only be delivered by wearing classy vintage accessories, you will be blown away by the huge range vintage cufflinks, tie pins & clasps and collar bars & clips in stock at Retro Mamma. Kitting yourself out with a range of unique vintage accessories from Retro Mamma  will cost you much less than buying mass-produced imported pieces elsewhere.​

You will find a truly unique range of vintage clip-on earrings at Retro Mamma. Maybe a small and elegant pair from the 1940’s will be ideal for a more formal occasion. For the more adventurous, an extra large pair of clip-on earrings from the 1970’s may be what you have been searching for. Whatever you are after in the way of earrings, you will find it at Retro Mamma.

No Pressure Browsing

We welcome you to pick up and try out whatever catches your eye - all without the pressure to buy.

If you have any questions, we are happy to try and answer them for you, otherwise we are happy to leave you alone to browse in peace.​

Come pay us a visit - we guarantee that you will have an immersive experience that will transport you back in time.