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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Women Assembling Brownie II Cameras, Abbotsford, Victoria, 1958-1963 Image Reg. No: MM 96623

Summary:
Black and white, silver gelatin photograph of women assembling Kodak Box Brownie II cameras at the Kodak Australasia factory in Abbotsford, Victoria, 1958-1963.

Kodak manufactured and assembled cameras for a short period in the mid 20th century in Melbourne, but typically imported them from Kodak factories in the USA or the UK.

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 silver gelatin photograph, printed on medium weight paper, landscape format with a white border.
Description Of Content:
Two rows of women seated at benches, assembling Kodak cameras. The cameras sit in shallow trays on the bench in front of the women and on stools or trolleys behind the women. Small components are contained in boxes or lie loose on the bench. The women wear aprons tied around their waists. One woman wears a scarf around her neck.
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: 121 mm (Height), 166 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: assembly lines, cameras, factories, manufacturing plants, photographic equipment, photography
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, handwritten, pencil, top middle: 'Camera assembly - Abbotsford'
Model Name/Number: Brownie II
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, 1958-1963

Kodak only made cameras for a short period of time in the mid 20th century. Another photograph taken at the same time shows the Brownie Flash II Jubilee model being assembled, and this was only produced between about 1958 and 1963.
Organisation Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, 1958-1963

Kodak only made cameras for a short period of time in the mid 20th century. Another photograph taken at the same time shows the Brownie Flash II Jubilee model being assembled, and this was only produced between about 1958 and 1963.

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