Black and white silver gelatin photograph of centrifugal fans in ceiling space of Building 5, Sheet Film, Kodak factory, Coburg, June 1958.

In this image of the ceiling space, two electric motor belt driven centrifugal fans are mounted on the timber platform. The inlets of these fans were connected to air conditioning plants, and their outlets to air ducts in the various rooms below This allowed for positive air pressures to be supplied to the rooms and assisted in keeping out airborne contaminants. 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 the ceiling space above the production rooms of Building 5 Sheet Film with two electric motor belt driven centrifugal fans mounted on the timber platform. The inlet of the fan on the left is connected to a large air conditioning unit and its outlet to a duct through the ceiling, while the one on the right is not yet connected.

Physical Description

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

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