Black and white photograph depicting rollers on the coating machine in the Plate Department. The image is number 6 in a series depicting the Plate Department at the Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd factory at Abbotsford, circa 1930s.
The rollers were designed by an Abbotsford factory engineer and were made of ebonite, a very hard rubber. They were a new addition to the coating machine. The machine could feed two different plate sizes 8 1/2 inch x 6 1/2 inch and 24 inch x 20 inch. This eliminated cord lines and plate overlapping.
This image 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
Rubber rollers on a conveyor belt.
Black and white silver gelatin photograph, landscape format, with two holes punched on the left edge and numbered sticker and label adhered.
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Ms. Kate Metcalf - Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Hand written on a sticker attached to the front of the photograph; '6' Typed on a sticker attached to the back of the photograph; 'PLATE DEPARTMENT. / 6. This photograph shows a new addition to Coating Machine, designed / and built by our Engineer at Abbotsford. / The rollers are of ebonite, two rows of 8 1/2" x 6 1/2" glass can be fed / on machine, then by moving centre guide over to right side, 24" x 20" / plates and larger if necessary can be coated. / This eliminates cord lines and overlapping of plates.'
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Image Dimensions - Photograph
205 mm (Width), 162 mm (Height)