Summary

Colour photograph of Nora Baltais [left] and Vita Bumbers [right] operating a semi-automatic slide mounting machine at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, 1961.

This semi-automatic slide mounting machine used to cut and mount Kodachrome 35mm [and 126mm] transparencies into cardboard mounts. The machine was made at Kodak, Rochester in the United States of America.

Nora Baltais and Vita Bumbers worked at the Abbotsford plant in the Cine Department from the 1950s. They were migrants, new to Australia and possibly from Latvia. They moved with the department to Coburg when Building 20, the processing laboratories, was completed. They became part of the Colour Print and Processing Division [CP&P]. This was a combination of the Colour Print and Cine Departments from Abbotsford and the Black and White Department from Burnley.

Nora Baltais controls the automatic cutting of the film from the roll on the left. The single slide is tacked in position in an unfolded mount in a track in front of her. The mount is folded and fed into a press which seals the mount, originally by heat and then in later years by microwaves. Vita Bumbers collects the slides for each customer's film from a conveyer bucket and places them in a plastic box with the customer's name and address visible through the base of the box, ready for posting. The plastic box was an Australian invention.

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 of Content

Photograph of two women seated in front of a machine. Both women are wearing blue dresses with white collars and white gloves. The woman to the left has a section of the machine with a reel containing slide film in front of her. The woman to the right has small grey containers at her desk and orange and black box lids. Both women are turned directly towards the camera.

Physical Description

Colour photograph printed on medium weight paper with a white border, landscape format.

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