A typed manuscript produced by N B Lewis, a former head of the Kodak Australasia Research Laboratory, discussing the work of the Research Laboratory, its purpose, history and effectiveness.

A small cartoon of drunk men on the street captioned 'Research' was once attached to the manuscript as a visual joke, but has come loose.

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.

Physical Description

Eight discoloured paper pages stapled together in the top left corner. Black typed text throughout, with brown adhesive marks on the first page where a small black and white cartoon on cardboard has come loose. The printed reproduction of this cartoon features three men in ragged clothes with two scruffy dogs in front of a fence. The men are gathered around a large drum. Inside the drum are cans and bottles. A man in a hat with pipe is inspecting a wine bottle.


This item enhances our understanding of photographic manufacturing and retailing in Australia, and specifically traces the history of Kodak and its research endeavours around the world, in this case in Australia.

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