Black and white silver gelatin photograph taken in the ceiling space of Building 4, Roll Film, Kodak factory, Coburg, November 1958.

This is a view of the ceiling space looking diagonally across the width of Building 4. The image features a fully assembled electrical control cabinet positioned on the ceiling above the production area. All air handling fans were controlled from this cabinet, which included starters, contactors, overload protection, readouts and speed settings. All sensitised products handled in this building required environmental air conditions, such as temperature and humidity, to be controlled within narrow tolerances (ideally 21ºC, 50%RH), and to be clean from dust and contaminants that could de-sensitise the coated emulsion.

Kodak manufactured and distributed a wide range of photographic products to Australasia, such as, film, paper, chemicals, cameras and miscellaneous equipment. Its client base included amateur and professional photographers as well as specialist medical and graphic art professionals who used photography, x-ray and other imaging techniques.

This photograph is part of the Kodak collection of products, promotional materials, photographs and working life artefacts collected from Kodak Australasia in 2005 after the manufacturing plant at Coburg had closed down the year before.

Description of Content

Image of ceiling space showing the steel roof trusses, aluminium roof, fire sprinkler heads and the timber platform on which an electrical control cabinet can be seen fully assembled. Services piping including steam and chilled water supply and return along with the main electrical wiring ducts appear on the right of the cabinet, and run the full length of the building.

Physical Description

Black and white silver gelatin photograph printed on light weight paper, landscape format.

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