Black and white film negative of the Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd branch store and same day processing laboratory on Flinders St, Townsville, Queensland, in the 1930s. This street view shows neighbouring shops, a vegetated traffic island, and cars and bicycle parked on the street out front. A man is walking out the front of the Queensland National bank to the left of the shot.
This Kodak store was built in 1920, with the second story added in 1929. Upstairs was the processing lab for printing and developing, and downstairs was the retail shop. Out the back there was a dense tropical garden, shared by Kodak and neighbouring businesses.
This image 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.
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.
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Street view including traffic island planted with shrubs and palm tree. In centre frame is a two storey building with Kodak signage.There is also a Queensland Tourist Bureau sign hanging from the awning. Kodak products are visible in the display windows. On the second floor, one window is open above a shop signed 'Pike Brothers Ltd'. 2 cars and a bicycle are parked on the street. There are several buildings along the street. To the far left is the Queensland National Bank, out the front of which a man can be seen walking
Black and white film negative; cellulose nitrate; portrait format. There is a piece of glassine paper or similar glued over the top of the Pike Brothers Ltd sign in the image - the sign directly adjacent to the Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd awning sign.
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Ms. Kate Metcalf - Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
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Photograph, 6" X 8", Black & White
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