Black and white silver gelatin photograph of interior view of the can washing room in Building 2, Emulsion Making, Kodak factory, Coburg, May 1959.

This image of the Can Washing Room on the second floor of Building 2 features a room comprising a steel reinforced concrete floor, columns and ceiling. There are solid plaster finished brick walls covered to ceiling height, with high gloss tiles. The floor was finished with glazed ceramic tiles and drainage holes. Two stainless steel washing stations are mounted on the west wall which has windows to the outside providing daylight working conditions for this operation.

Batches of emulsion were first made in Making Kettles where chemicals, silver nitrate, gelatin and halide salts were added into distilled water under a strictly controlled regime of mixing and temperature conditions. After setting and shredding, excess nitrates were washed out with treated water and passed on to the Finishing Kettles, where further chemicals and gelatin were added under strictly controlled mixing and temperature conditions. Each emulsion batch was then run off into stainless steel cans, cooled, weighed and stored ready for use in the coating operations. Samples of each batch were taken for trial coatings and sensitometry. From these results larger batches would be made by blending the smaller batches to make sufficient emulsion for a coating run.

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 after the manufacturing plant at Coburg had closed down the year before.

Description of Content

Image of interior of a building. Steel reinforced concrete floor, columns, beams and ceiling form a room with windows on an external wall (giving white light conditions), glazed ceramic floor tiles, high gloss wall tiles and two stainless steel wash stations.

Physical Description

Black and white silver gelatin photograph printed on light weight paper, landscape format.

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