Colour photograph of former Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd factory taken from the street, Abbotsford, circa 1980s. The image shows a new occupant of one of the buildings, 'La Mode', at right, and the other key occupant of the site, Carlton United Brewery, at left, with a truck loaded with beer bottles and its driver or a brewery worker standing next to it.
Part of a collection of research material and artefacts assembled by former Kodak Australasia employee Nigel Beale while he was writing Kodak's company history in the 1980s.
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, educational, defence, scientific and graphic art professionals who used photography, x-ray and other imaging techniques.
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Wide shot of a factory building 'La Mode' and car park taken from across the street. Cars are parked in the first parking bay and a yellow car is pulling out onto the street. A blue truck is parked next to a line of trees on the left hand side of the image. A man is standing next to the truck.
A colour landscape format photograph printed on Kodak photo paper.
This item, showing the site of the former Kodak factory in Abbotsford, enhances our understanding of the changing nature of the photographic manufacturing in Melbourne, and also traces the changes in industrial sites in inner Melbourne over the twentieth century. This is an important theme for Melbourne, where de-industrialisation has changed the shape and culture of the city in a multitude of ways since the decline of local industry in the late-twentieth century. That Kodak staff took this photograph of its former premises twenty years after it relocated, shows that the company was also interested in its heritage.
Donation from Barbara Beale, 07 Mar 2012
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Back, centre, printed, black ink: 'PRINT/ MADE / BY / KODAK / M' Back, centre, printed, black ink: '[within K symbol] Kodak' Back, centre, printed, black in: 'Kodak processing Kodak Processing / FEB. 82 FEB. 82'
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