A 16mm motion picture film featuring a television commercial for the Kodak Brownie Starflash camera outfit, 1959.

It features a group of teenagers hiking, taking photographs of each other and the views. It uses nostalgia and a hint of romance to promote the camera as a way to capture memories. The commercial was produced in 1959 for Berry Currie Hawkins advertising agency, who were commissioned by Kodak Australasia.

The Brownie Starflash Camera was a popular snapshot camera that was part of the Kodak Star range of cheap, easy to use cameras. It had a plastic body, fixed focus Dakon lens and used 127 roll film. It had a built-in flash with a parabolic reflector and used a single, small flash bulb. The Kodak Brownie Starflash range of cameras were made between circa 1957 and 1965.

This film 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.

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.

Description of Content

Television commercial for the Kodak Brownie Starflash Outfit, featuring a group of 4 young people, two men and two women, on a hike. They take photographs throughout, and end up camping by a fire together. For the majority of the action there is only a string music soundtrack and at the end a male narrator explains benefits and pricing.

Physical Description

16mm cellulose acetate motion picture film; Black and White; Television commercial (TVC); Optical sound; 1959. POTENTIAL DUPLICATE MM 135453

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