Box - Austral Lantern Plates, Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, circa 1930s Object Reg. No: HT 28171

Cardboard box of 'Austral' lantern plates, made by Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia. The box originally contained part of a collection of 55 photographic lantern slides, glass negatives and acetate negatives of travel images taken in the Pacific Islands, probably in the late 1930s.

The box is inscribed with the name 'Dr Lewis'. Another box in this set (HT 28172) is labelled with a University of Melbourne Department of Dental Science sticker and inscribed with the name 'Wm C Knight'. A William C. Knight was elected president of the Victorian branch of the Australian Dental Association in 1942. The Dr Lewis may therefore be Dr J. Monahan Lewis, who was practicing as a dentist from at least 1916, and by 1926 was president of the Melbourne University Dental Students' Society. In 1931 The Argus noted that he had been a Collins Street dental specialist for many years and was running for the Melbourne City Council. In 1939 he railed against conditions at the dental school at the University of Melbourne in the Advocate (Burnie, Tasmania) on 22 August 1939.

The name 'Hunter' is also written on the box. The source of the name remains unknown.
Cardboard box with a separate lid and base.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 33 mm (Height), 92 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: photographic slides, photographic supplies
Themes this item is part of: Baker & Rouse, Images & Image Making Collection
Primary Classification: PHOTOGRAPHY
Secondary Classification: Image Storage
Tertiary Classification: boxes
Inscriptions: Printed in black ink on white paper adhered to front of box lid: 'AUSTRAL / LANTERN PLATES / The exposure required for a negative of ordinary / density will be about 4 seconds 4 feet from an / incandescent gasburner or a 50 c.p. electric lamp. ...' (extensive text)

Handwritten in grey pencil on white paper adhered to front of box lid: '3'

Handwritten in black ink on white paper adhered to front of box lid: 'Hunter / 2 / Hunter'

Handwritten in black ink on the side of box lid: 'Hunter'

Handwritten in grey pencil on the side of box lid: 'Dr Lewis'

Printed in black ink on the bottom of box base: '3549 DD / B / BACKED R'
Date Used: circa 1930s
Manufacturer: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Central, Victoria, Australia
References: The Argus, 8 January 1916, p.14
The Argus, 30 July 1926, p.16
The Argus, 8 October 1931, p.6
The Advocate, 22 August 1939, p.7

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