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Kodak Minstrels

Item consists of 3 mounted photographs of 3 group portraits of performers in the Kodak Minstrel Show. The first image depicts a group of 31 men and one child posing on stage with an 8 person orchestra and a director in front of the stage. All but one man on the stage is in blackface, wearing makeup and wigs.

The second group photographs depicts 30 male performers, all but one in blackface, wearing makeup and wigs, posed on a stage with a group of 7 male musicians posed in front of the stage.

The third image is a portrait of nine (9) women dressed in blackface, with makeup and matching stripped hats and dresses.

The performers were part of the Kodak Minstrel Show, performed by Canadian Kodak employees and held occasionally by the Kodak Athletics Association (KAA) during the 1920's. One image, at least, is of the group that performed at the Kodak Theatre on February 17th and 18th, 1921.

Minstrel shows are style of variety show, most popular during the late 19th and early 20th century, in which white performers use make-up and costumes to depict stereotyped caricatures of southern African Americans. The genre originated in the United States, but Canada had its own troupes and touring companies, and the format was popular with schools, community groups, and religious organizations.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Kodak Minstrels

Item consists of a mounted photograph depicting the cast of the Kodak Minstrel Show, that took place on May 3rd, 1920. The cast of 35 includes 32 men, most of whom are in blackface, wearing wigs and makeup, and three women in regular dress. Minstrel variety shows were performed occasionally during the 1920's by Canadian Kodak employees as part of the Kodak Athletics Association (KAA) activities.

Minstrel shows are style of variety show, most popular during the late 19th and early 20th century, in which white performers use make-up and costumes to depict stereotyped caricatures of southern African Americans. The genre originated in the United States, but Canada had its own troupes and touring companies, and the format was popular with schools, community groups, and religious organizations.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Burgess & Seymour, a study in black and white (Kodak Minstrels)

Item is a mounted photograph depicting two Canadian Kodak employees, one identified as draftsman F.A. Seymour and the other only identified as Burgess. The image is of the two employees performing a skit originally performed in the Canadian Kodak Minstrel Show of February 17-18, 1921, which was, according to an included clipping, repeated at a bazaar held by the Toronto Technical School. The skit consists two easels, on which the two performers have drawn sketches of different Kodak girls. One of the performers (Burgess) is in blackface, as part of the Minstrel variety show performed occasionally during the 1920's by Kodak employees as part of the Kodak Athletics Association (KAA) activities.

Minstrel shows are style of variety show, most popular during the late 19th and early 20th century, in which white performers use make-up and costumes to depict stereotyped caricatures of southern African Americans. The genre originated in the United States, but Canada had its own troupes and touring companies, and the format was popular with schools, community groups, and religious organizations.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Signet 50 with flash attachment

Item is a viewfinder camera with black bakelite body, metal fittings and large attached flash. It is the fourth model in the Kodak Signet line, featuring a selenium photocell exposure meter. Featuring an Ektanar lens with thorium oxide, the camera is slightly radioactive.

Eastman Kodak Company

Kodak Petite camera (blue)

Item is a promotional model of the Kodak Vest Pocket Model B, manufactured in 5 colours: blue, green, grey, lavender and pink. This version also includes an art deco pattern on the camera body, a particularly rare model. Marketed to young women, it was promoted as easy to use and small enough to fit in a lady's hand. Some models included a vanity carrying case, lined with sating and housign a lipstick, powder, rouge, clutch and mirror. Produced 4.5 x 6 cm exposures on 127 film.

Canadian Kodak Co., Limited

Man and women on beach with Kodak camera

Item consists of a poster featuring an image of a man taking a photograph of two women on a beach in 1923, using an electric-eye instamatic camera. Beneath the image reads: In 1923, you had to fiddle around and set exposure for sun or shade. / Now any electric-eye KODAK INSTAMATIC Camera measures the / light and sets the exposure for you automatically -- for black-and-white / and color pictures, and color slides.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Man behind camera with boy

Item consists of a board, landscape poster featuring an image of a man and a boy standing in front of a tent and behind a camera. The man is covered by the camera blanket as he prepares his photograph, while the boy stands behind, holding a plate holder.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Kodak Film - the dependable film in the yellow box

Item consists of a portrait format, white, board poster, featuring a black and white image of two boxes of Kodak Film, with "Kodak Film - the dependable film in the yellow box / The film that gives the same results from roll to roll, so that you can rely on it. / Kodak Film excels on every count - speed, latitude, uniformity - and each is of picture-making importance. / Use Kodak Film, the dependable film in the yellow box. / Canadian Kodak Co., Limited, Toronto" printed beneath.

Kodak Canada Inc.

The Nussbaum Tray

Item is a clear glass tray for developing photographic prints. A removable glass dowel holds the paper down so it remains inmmersed in the chemical solutions. Sold by the E. & H.T. Anthony company in New York.

Kodak Canada Inc.

No. 1 Kodak Enlarging Camera

Item is a camera for making enlargements up to 16.5 x 21.6 cm (6.5 x 8.5 inches), using daylight. The product was marketed to amateur photographers as there was no need for a darkroom setup to produce the images. The No. 1 Enlarging Camera sold for $15.00 in 1904.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Kodak Verichrome Safety Film in store stand up advertisement

Item consists of a stand up, cardboard cut-out poster advertising Kodak Verichorme Safety film, a black and white orthocrhomatic film manufactured between 1931 and 1956. The ad features a woman in a red striped dress holding a Kodak Duaflex II camera (manufactured between 1950 and 1954), a role of Verichrome 120 film, and a pile of black and white photographs, with an image of a man and a boy playing baseball visible.

"The darling - I mustn't miss this!" : Give snapshots the job of remembering this week-end

Photographs of a man and a young girl petting a dog, three kittens, and a young girl standing in a lake pouring water from a bucket; illustrations of a woman holding a camera, a Verichrome film box and the camera being advertised. Text contains captions for each photograph and consumer information.

The Baker Advertising Agency, Limited

"Hold it _ I'll never get another like this!" : Going places? Bring back the fun in snapshots

Photographs of four young men and women in bathing suits, a young boy holding a dog, and a woman and young girl walking through the surf; illustrations of a young couple using a camera, a Verichrome film box and the camera being advertised. Text contains captions for each photograph and consumer information.

The Baker Advertising Agency, Limited

There'll be thrills in every port

Large photograph of crowd waving up to people on deck of a large cruise ship, with streamers flying throug the air, and smaller photograph of two cameras advertised. Text contains consumer information - describes use of cameras advertised for capturing vacation memories.

The Baker Advertising Agency, Limited

Your ticket is good for a thousand trips

Photograph of crowd on shore waving to people on board a large ship, with streamers filling the air. Text contains consumer information - describes camera use for vacation movies, and suggests those attending "the coronation" [likely of King George VI of the United Kingdom] capture it as a full-color movies.

The Baker Advertising Agency, Limited

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