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Kodak Canada Corporate Archives and Heritage Collection

  • SC 2005.001
  • Fonds
  • 1895-2006

The Kodak Canada collection contains records and artifacts from the Kodak Heights manufacturing facility in Toronto, as well as the historical collection belonging to the Kodak Heritage Collection Museum. The collection consists of photographs, negatives, advertising records, magazines, pamphlets, daily record books, recipe books, cameras and other photographic equipment produced by Kodak Canada Inc., or other Kodak plants around the world. The collection includes a small selection of financial records, blueprints for Kodak facilities in Canada, and other corporate ephemera, as well as photographs of events, buildings and individual employees that illustrate the social life of the company.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Kodak gifts say open me first!

Item consists of a portrait format poster that reads "Kodak Gifts Say / Open me first! / When you open your Kodak camera outfit first, you can save all the fun of Christmas-and the years to come-in pictures" Beneath the text are images, prices, and brief descriptions of the Brownie Starflash Outfit camera, the Brownie Hawkeye Flash Outfit camera, the Kodak Pony IV Camera Outfit, and the Brownie Movie Camera Kit.

Kodak Canada Inc.

No. 3A Folding Pocket Kodak, Model B-2

Item is a 3A Folding Pocket Kodak, Model B-2?, one of Eastman Kodak's first postcard format camera. Made for use with rolls of 122 film it created 3 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch postcard format images. It had an automatic shutter that was equipped with a pneumatic release (no longer attached). It could also be adapted to take photographs on glass plates. It is a large sized folding camera with black leather casing and black leather bellows, metal clasps and metal/wooden slide.

Eastman Kodak Company

No. 3A Folding Pocket Kodak, Model B-3

Item is a 3A Folding Pocket Kodak, model B-3?, one of Eastman Kodak's first postcard format camera. Made for use with rolls of 122 film it created 3 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch postcard format images. It had an automatic shutter that was equipped with a pneumatic release (no longer attached). It could also be adapted to take photographs on glass plates. It is a large sized folding camera with black leather casing and black leather bellows, metal clasps and metal/wooden slide.

Eastman Kodak Company

No. 3 Folding Pocket Kodak, Model H

Item is a 3A Folding Pocket Kodak, model H, one of Eastman Kodak's first postcard format cameras. Made for use with rolls of 122 film it created 3 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch postcard format images. It has an automatic shutter equipped with a pneumatic release (no longer attached). It could also be adapted to take photographs on glass plates. It is a medium sized folding camera with black leather casing and red leather bellows, metal clasps and metal/wooden slide.Heritage Collection: Medium sized camera, black leather casing and red leather bellows, metal clasps and slide.

Eastman Kodak Company

Vest Pocket Kodak Autographic camera

Item is a Vest Pocket Autographic made for use with 127 film. It is a small camera with black casing and black leather bellows. A continuation of the Vest Pocket camera, it features an "Autographic" feature that allowed photographers to sign a note on the top of the film which became visible after the film was developed.

Eastman Kodak Company

No. 1A Kodak Junior

Item is a No. 1A Kodak Junior camera, made for use with type 116 film. It was later updated to the No. 1A Autographic Kodak Jr., that allowed the use of type 116 Autographic film. The No. 1A Junior is a medium sized camerawith black leather casing and bellows, metal clasps and slide.

Eastman Kodak Company

No. 3A Autographic Kodak, Model C

Item is a No. 3A Autographic Kodak, Model C. It was manufactured from 1903-1912 with red bellows and 1912-1915 with black bellows, this item features black. Made for use with rolls of 122 film it created 3 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch postcard format images. It has black leather casing, metal clasps and slides.

Canadian Kodak Co., Limited

No. 2 Brownie Camera, Model E

Item is a box camera capable of making 2 1/4 x 3 1/4" exposures on 120 rollfilm. It features a metal film carrier and cardboard body covered in black leatherette. Features two brilliant view-finders and 10cm meniscus lens. Heritage Collection: Small brownie camera in black leather casing.

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

First Kodak camera

Item is a print featuring an image with the caption: The first Kodak camera, introduced in 1888, sold for $25, loaded with enough Eastman film for 100 exposures. It produced a 2 1/2 inch diameter negative.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Kodak x-ray demonstration

File contains negatives featuring images of Kodak x-ray equipment and demonstrations of its use. There are examples including an x-ray image of a bell, a man at a monitor examining a human torso x-ray, men standing in a room equipped to take x-rays, and a woman preparing to be x-rayed and lying in an x-ray machine. Additionally, there is an image of an older Kodak building, of a box of one dozen Eastman Dupli-tized X-ray Films, and of a laboratory next to a window.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Advantix 4100ix Zoom

Item is a small camera in black plastic casing equipped with aspheric zoom lens. Made for use with the APS film system, it has a programmed electronic shutter, active autofocus, and flash with on, off or automatic settings. Manufactured in Indonesia.

Eastman Kodak Company

Kodak Stereo Camera

Item is a camera with brown bakelite and metal case with two lenses for producing stereo views from 35mm film. Each is a Kodak Anaston lens with f3.5 (35mm). A single periscopic viewfinder is used, with a spirit level below to help keep the camera level in order to acheive good results. Light brown leather carrying case included.

Eastman Kodak Company

Kodak Midget Flasholder

Item is an external flash bulb holder compatible with Kodak cameras, for use with M-2, M-5, M-25, No. 5 or 25 flashbulbs. Features include Lumaclad reflector, bulb ejector button, bracket and exposure table. Made in Canada.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Solio paper : [empty sleeve]

Item consists of a sleeve for two dozen 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch Eastman Kodak Co. Solio Paper for export. A sticker on the front of the envelope reads "Cochran / Photo Supplies. / Hamilton, Ont." and stamped on the verso (extremely faded) reads: "This paper will not be [illegible] for / any fault of manufacture after / APR 27 1900 / EMULSION NO. 18758 / PACKED BY NO. 26".

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.

Gammeter

Item is a transparent sheet printed with an Eastman Kodak Gammeter, a set of indexed graph lines. Gammeters were designed to aid in the dye transfer process by allowing the easy calculation of gammas (colour contrasts) from plotted curves.

Photographs series

This series contains photographic albums, b&w negatives and prints, colour negatives and prints, colour slides, glass plate negatives and transparencies originating from the Kodak Canada Corporate Archives and Heritage Collection. These materials were used both as forms of documentation of the history of the company at various sites including Kodak Heights, Brampton, Montreal and Vancouver, as well as functioned as a working collection to use for promotional efforts. Highlights include: documentation of the construction of the Kodak Heights site circa 1915 in a series of commissioned albums and loose prints; documentation of the various operations related to the photographic and moving image industry including paper, film, and camera production and processing; marketing campaigns for digital initiatives; and a reference slide collection used by the Kodak Canada Corporation.

Photographic materials have been organized by format and within by the order created when processed in 2005. This arrangement was loosely based on the Kodak Canada's original organization of the files in their archives index. Files of photographs organized by the Kodak Canada Archives Index associated with the collection have been kept together, with the individual file numbers and index titles referenced in the Notes field of each record. Previously assigned reference numbers are indicated in the Archivist's Comments fields.

Kodak Canada Inc.

[portrait of man on ship]

green-grey cardboard mount, captions recto and verso: "Authorized Ansco Color Finisher; Insist on Ariston Color Prints." Depicts man in trench coat and glasses, carrying a camera case (possibly sx-70?). He is on the deck of a ship, with lifeboat and water visible behind him.

Ricoh XF-30

Item is an automatic, battery operated, 35mm camera with Rikenon 1:4, F35 lens and pop-up flash.

Pentax Espio 115M

Item is a Pentax Espio 115M with remote control and operating manual. It is a 35mm compact zoom camera with autofocus. Grey in colour. Fully automatic lens-shutter with auto flash. Pentax electronic power zoom 35-115mm f/3.9-10.5 lens. Standard/panorama viewfinder, real image with lines for parallax correction, diopter adjustment. Focus lock and flash readiness indicators. Built-in flash with red-eye reduction. Self-timer. Auto-loading, winding and rewinding.

Asahi Optical Co., Ltd.

Kodak Advantix T550

Item consists of a Kodak Advantix T550. It is an advanced photo system camera that is fully automatic, with self timer and date printing settings. It has an Ektanar All Glass Lens f3.5/28mm lens and a flip-up lens cover that also reveals the flash It is silver in colour.

Eastman Kodak Company

Kodak Advantix 5800 MRX

Item consists of a Kodak Advantix 5800 MRX. It is an advanced photo system camera that is fully automatic, with self timer and date printing settings. It has a Kodak Aspheric Glass 26-130 Zoom lens.

Eastman Kodak Company

Kodak Cameo Zoom camera outfit

Item consists of a Kodak Cameo Zoom camera outfit, including camera, wristband, instruction manual and a roll of 12 exposure Kodak Gold Ultra 400 ISO 35 mm film for colour prints. The camera itself has a slim black body with rounded edges and a flip-up automatic flash that covers the viewfinder when closed. Other features include automatic film advance, self-timer, film speed selection, the option for panoramic format, a 25-50 mm power zoom lens. Gold text on the centre recto of the camera reads: CAMEO ZOOM. Made in Taiwan.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Kodak KE 40 EasyLoad

Item consists of a Kodak KE40 EasyLoad 35 mm film camera. It features a 29 mm f/5.6 ektanar lens, a fixed shutter shutter speed of 1/200 sec., and a built-in flash unit. Uses 2 AAA alkaline batteries.

Eastman Kodak Company

Kodak Cameo Motor Ex

Item consists of a Kodak Cameo Motor Ex camera for use with 35 mm film. The camera itself has a slim black body with rounded edges and a flip-up automatic flash that covers the viewfinder when closed. Gold text on the centre recto of the camera reads: CAMEO MOTOR EX. Other features include automatic film advance, self-timer and film speed selection. This particular model was made in Mexico.

Eastman Kodak Company

Kodak Cameo Motor Ex

Item consists of a Kodak Cameo Motor Ex camera for use with 35 mm film. The camera itself has a slim black body with rounded edges and a flip-up automatic flash that covers the viewfinder when closed. Green and white text on the centre recto of the camera reads: Cameo MOTOR EX. Other features include automatic film advance, self-timer and film speed selection. This particular model was made in China.

Eastman Kodak Company

Minolta Hi-Matic AF2

Item is an automatic, auto-focus 35mm camera with built-in flash and electronic shutter. The Hi-Matic AF2 was the first 35mm rangefinder camera with active infrared auto-focus, which uses an infrared beam to determine the distance of objects in the viewfinder. It was launched in 1981 as the successor of Minolta's Hi-Matic AF. The lens is a Minolta 38mm f/2.8 4-element with a 46mm filter thread, and angle of view of 58°. The focus of the camera is 1 meter to infinity and is auto-focus is activated when the shutter is slightly pressed. The viewfinder is bright and features parallax-correction marks. A 10-second self-timer is mounted beside the lens. The camera has a built-in "warning system" that automatically beeps to notify the user of low light, so they might turn on the flash. The camera's warning system also beeps at the user should the image be out of the focus or flash range. This was one of the last of the high-quality Hi-Matic series manufactured by Minolta. Dimensions are 53.5 x 76 x 129mm.

Kodak FunSaver Panoramic 35

Item is a one-time-use, 35mm, 15 exposure camera. No flash, for exterior use only, produces wide, panoramic prints. New in box, film expiration date, October 1999.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Kodak FunSaver Weekend 35 outdoor only

Item consists of a disposable camera for all weather and underwater use loaded with a 27 exposure roll of Kodak Gold 400 ISO 35mm film for colour prints. Develop before date is March 1997.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Kodak Max HQ with flash

Item consists of a one-time use camera loaded with a 27 exposure roll of Kodak Max 35mm film for colour prints. Develop before date is May 2004.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Kodak Max waterproof

Item consists of a one-time use waterproof camera for outdoor use loaded with a 27 exposure roll of Kodak Max 800 ISO 35mm film for colour prints. Develop before date is June 2000.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Kodak Max sport

Item consists of a one-time use camera loaded with a 27 exposure roll of Kodak Max 800 ISO 35mm film for colour prints. Develop before date is May 2003.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Kodak Max waterproof

Item consists of a one-time use waterproof camera for outdoor use loaded with a 27 exposure roll of Kodak Max 800 ISO 35mm film for colour prints. Develop before date is June 2000.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Kodak Max outdoor camera

Item consists of a disposable camera for use in bright light loaded with a 27 exposure roll of Kodak 800 ISO 35mm film for colour prints. Develop before date is February 2004.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Kodak Max waterproof

Item consists of a one-time use waterproof camera for outdoor use loaded with a 27 exposure roll of Kodak Max 800 ISO 35mm film for colour prints. Develop before date is April 2002. 19 unexposed pictures remaining.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Kodak Fling camera

Item consists of a one-time use camera loaded with a 12 exposure roll of 200 ISO 110 film for colour prints. Develop before date is August 1989. Slogan on box reads: The Camera and Film All in One!

Eastman Kodak Company

Kodak Max HQ with flash

Item consists of a one-time use camera loaded with a 27 exposure roll of Kodak Max 35mm film for colour prints. Develop before date is January 2005. 15 unexposed pictures remaining.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Kodak Max sport

Item consists of a one-time use camera loaded with a 27 exposure roll of Kodak Max 800 ISO 35mm film for colour prints. Develop before date is May 2003.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Digital and pre-digital cameras

Series contains cameras that are designed to capture images using sensors and digital storage media instead of film, as well as pre-digital cameras that combined digital technology with film.
The digital camera replaced the traditional film camera in all but a few niche markets very quickly; as of the beginning of the 21st century, all amateur and most professional photogrpahy now takes place in the digital format. These early cameras track the rapid increase of image quality and camera optinos avilable to the consumer.

To browse the individual items in this series, click on the "View the list" link under the "File and item records are available for this series" title (to the right of the page).

Kodak DC265 Zoom Camera

Item consists of a Kodak DC265 Zoom Camera. It is a digital camera, released as an upgrade to the DC260. It has a maximum resolution of 1.6 megapixels and 2x digital zoom. The camera has a 100ISO rating, an aperture range of F3.0-F14.0 / F4.7/F22 and a shutter range of 1/4-1/400 second. It has a built in flash with auto, fill-in, anti-red-eye and off modes, as well as the option for external flash. It has an optical viewfinder, a 10 second self-timer and came included with a 16MB CompactFlash for storage.

Eastman Kodak Company

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