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

In this image of the ceiling space, a major air conditioning unit is being assembled, including air filter, steam heating coils, chilled water cooling coils and pneumatic instrumentation, housed within a sealed metal framework. All sensitised products, such as X-ray film 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

A metal framework containing filters, steam coils, chilled water coils and instrumentation can be seen straddling the building roof trusses in the ceiling space above the production rooms of Building 5 Sheet Film.

Physical Description

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

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