Black and white photograph of a film processing machine, likely in the Testing Department of the Abbotsford Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd factory, circa 1957. The machine was possibly used to produce standard samples. If the test results of the sample agreed with the sample's specifications, it could be assumed the test results for the product were satisfactory. The process involved a piece of unexposed film being subjected to a standard amount of light for a standard length of time. It was then developed at a standard temperature. The film would react to the light and produce a coloured patch of standard optical density. The fact that there are three lights suggests the samples were made at different densities for each colour.
Above the film processing machine are three safety lights with heat switches, numbered 41 to 43. They possibly feature colour filters: magenta, cyan and yellow.
This photograph is part of the Kodak collection of products, promotional materials, photographs and working life artefacts collected from Kodak Australasia in 2005, when the Melbourne manufacturing plant at Coburg closed down.
Description of Content
Interior of room with a machine positioned in a corner and a trough next to it on the right. The machine features cupboards at the base and on the right hand side on the top is a series of vertical slots. On the left is a monitor with dials and above the machine is a suspended light with the numbers '41' to '43' printed on it, and to the right, a smaller light with '44' printed on it. A clock is positioned on the wall above the machine.
Black and white silver gelatin photograph printed on medium weight paper, landscape format with a white border.
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Ms. Kate Metcalf - Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Photograph, Black & White
Back, handwritten, pencil: ' machine/ for extreme accuracy in testing procedures'
Type of item
Overall Dimensions - Closed
208 mm (Width), 255 mm (Height)