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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Women Checking V-Mail Letters, Recordak Department, Abbotsford, Victoria, 1939-1945 Image Reg. No: MM 96605

Summary:
Black and white, sepia toned photograph of the interior of the Kodak Australasia factory in Abbotsford, Victoria during World War Two, 1939-1945.

Female staff are sitting at desks in long rows checking V-Mail letters in the Recordak Department at Kodak. These letters had been written by soldiers serving overseas and were then microfilmed to reduce space while transporting them back to Australia. At Kodak in Abbotsford these microfilms were then enlarged, printed, cut into separate letters, packed and sent to the soldiers' families to read. This photograph shows the last stage of this process, before the letters were sent out to the families. A series of four photographs show the processing of microfilmed letters at Kodak. See, in order, MM96604, then MM96606, MM96607, and MM96605.

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.

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:
Black and white, sepia toned, silver gelatin photograph printed on medium weight paper, landscape format with a white border.
Description Of Content:
Several rows of women sitting at long desks, checking letters. The letters are on the desks in stacks. A man is at far left, standing up, looking over the room. A woman at far right is standing and checking a clipboard in her arms. Light is shining through the large archway shaped window and two side windows at the rear of the room.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Acknowledgement:
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 96 mm (Height), 143 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: correspondence, factories, manufacturing, rationing, staff, war effort, photography, making history - kodak collection
Themes this item is part of: Kodak Heritage Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Baker & Rouse, Baker & Rouse
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Photographic Products
Tertiary Classification: workers
Inscriptions: Back, blue ink, top middle: 'RECORDAK DEPT'
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, 1939-1945

Ex Kodak executives Ed Wood and John Mitcham suggested the date and explained the microfilm letter history.
Organisation Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, 1939-1945

Ex Kodak executives Ed Wood and John Mitcham suggested the date and explained the microfilm letter history.

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