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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Women Cutting V-Mail Letters, Abbotsford, Victoria, 1939-1945 Image Reg. No: MM 96607

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

Women are cutting V-Mail letters with guillotines in the processing laboratories at the Kodak factory. 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, then packed and sent to the soldiers' families to read. 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:
Four women cutting letters with hand operated guillotines in the processing laboratories at Kodak. The women are seated at wooden desks, and each desk has a device for holding a long roll of uncut letters sitting on its right hand edge. Cut letters are lying on the desks.
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: 104 mm (Height), 145 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: correspondence, factories, manufacturing plants, rationing, staff, war effort, photography, making history - kodak collection
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Kodak Heritage Collection, Baker & Rouse, Baker & Rouse
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Photographic Products
Tertiary Classification: factory interior views
Inscriptions: Back, blue ink: 'CUTTING LETTERS'
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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