Coffee Pot scrapbook

On 19 May 2020, Dr Kate discussed a more recent piece of Western Australian social history: a scrapbook containing mementos of a Perth café that was around from the 1950s to the early 1980s. The Coffee Pot was a popular hangout for many, offering style, sophistication, and a welcoming atmosphere.

The scrapbook was compiled by owner, Prada van der Nagel, who set up and managed the café with her husband, Rob. It includes photographs, newspaper clippings, and advertisements for the café. It was lent to the State Library for digital reproduction by the van der Nagel’s daughter after it was displayed in an exhibition in 2015. 

The scrapbook is available digitally through the State Library catalogue. To access the PDF, click on the green ‘Download’ button, then ‘I Agree and Download’. 

Recorded live on ABC Radio Perth on 19 May 2020.