Black and white silver gelatin photograph of the construction of Building 2 Emulsion Making basement, January 1958. The image has been taken at a downward angle and north-east from ground level.

The central section of Building 2 was a special purpose 4-storey (plus basement and penthouse floors) steel reinforced concrete and brick walled structure. The sunken concrete works featured in this photo, shows the formation of the basement floor and tanks for the multi-storey section (located in this basement area were tanks with pumps which circulated cooling water for emulsion kettle jackets, plus waste tanks with pumps which collected discarded emulsion and wash waters and transferred it to Silver Recovery). The steel reinforcing rods for the main building columns can be seen rising above the walls. This multi-storey building eventually housed all the emulsion making systems which supplied the Building 3 Emulsion Coating operations via a connecting flyover at the 3rd floor level.

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

This is a view looking north-east at a construction site giving a close view of the basement and waste tanks being formed in steel reinforced concrete. A completed tank can be seen in the foreground with formwork and reinforcement being readied for concrete pores on other walls. A completed set of stairs descending into the basement area can be seen on the far wall and reinforcing rods for the main building columns show above the basement and tank walls.

Physical Description

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

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