Corner stores have come to be known in Australian vernacular as milk bars, but the original milk bars of the 1930s were something excitingly new and different. With their streamlined counters, large illuminated signage and bright interior lighting, their lavish use of new materials---stainless and tubular steel, bent plywood and a range of shiny laminates and glass products like Victrolite---milk bars were a modern space in which to enjoy cold drinks, snack foods, purchase confectionery and socialise, in cities and country towns through Australia. Sometimes milk bars occupied a section of a larger cafeteria in a department store or 'coffee palace' but were more pften an independent business in a busy street. They were differentiated from tea shops by their style and materials as well as by their equipment, food, drinks and service. In addition to their introduction of a popular new design language of streamlined moderne, certain milk bars in the metropolitan centres introduced the public to more uncompromisingly modernish design.