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[manufactured 1968-1971] (Creation)
- Kodak Canada Inc.
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1 piece of photographic equipment : camera ; 11.5 x 5.7 x 6.6 cm
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Canadian Kodak Ltd., which became Kodak Canada Inc. in 1979, manufactured photographic films, papers and equipment for over a century in Toronto, Ontario. The company formed the Canadian branch of the successful Eastman Kodak Company, and officially opened its doors in 1900 at 41 Colborne Street under the direction of John G. Palmer. The company expanded and moved to 588 King Street West in 1908, but already plans were underway for an expansive complex to the north of the city. In 1912, Canadian Kodak purchased 25 acres of farmland near Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue to build a major manufacturing facility known as Kodak Heights. By 1925, there were over 900 employees working in seven buildings at Kodak Heights. Over the years, the company earned a reputation for having a cooperative and supportive relationship with its employees, adopting many of the successful practices in place at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York. In 1940, an Employee's Building was constructed to accommodate the activities of the flourishing Recreation Club, the Department Mangers' Club, and the Kodak Heights Camera Club. During the 1990s, the rise of digital media began to have a serious impact on manufacturing programs at Kodak facilities around the world, causing the Eastman Kodak Company to reduce its production of traditional print photography by one third globally. The company chose to focus on digital products, which did not require the extensive facilities used in the production of traditional photographic materials. On December 9, 2004, Kodak Canada Ltd. informed its employees that manufacturing operations in traditional film products would cease entirely at Kodak Heights. The company's facility faced the same fate as many of its foreign counterparts in England, Australia and France, being completely abandoned and demolished shortly after closure in 2005. Kodak Canada still maintains a sales and support office in downtown Toronto, while the manufacture of traditional photographic chemistry has returned to Rochester.
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Donated by Bruce Mathewson to Kodak Canada Inc. Transferred to Ryerson University Library Special Collections with Kodak Canada Corporate Archives and Heritage Collection.
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Item is a small automatic exposure camera with leatherette and metal case and a Kodar lens. Lens can be adjusted at the top with a switch that indicates to the user "beyond 6 feet" or "2 to 6 feet", allowing for relatively close-up photography. Wrist strap attached. Made for use with 126 cartridge film and flashcubes.
Good. Awaiting cleaning. Some scuffing on casing, a little rust on the inside of roll film holder. Possible mould under advancing arm. Recommended for cleaning.
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Kodak Canada Corporate Archives and Heritage Collection
Digital images are provided by Ryerson University Archives & Special Collections for the purposes of research and private study. The user assumes all responsibility for possible copyright infringement arising from the unauthorized copying or use of the images.
From the Kodak Canada Heritage Museum collection.
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