Black and white silver gelatin photograph of ceiling space with air conditioning units in Building 5, Sheet Film, Kodak factory, Coburg, June 1958.

In this view of the ceiling space and looking along the length of Building5, two major air conditioning units are being assembled. They each consisted of air filters, steam heating coils, chilled water cooling coils and pneumatic instrumentation. They were housed within a sealed metal framework driven by an external fan giving a positive pressure to the serviced rooms below. 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 looking along the length of the ceiling space above the production rooms of Building 5 Sheet Film showing the steel roof trusses, secondary steel roof beams, timber purlins, aluminium corrugated roof sheeting, and the timber platform on which two air conditioning units can be seen being assembled.

Physical Description

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

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