George Eastman's original KP office
1941 Rendering of Kodak Park
Kodak Park was much more like a park originally!
An original copper mixing kettle: now sculpture!
City within a city
Former acetate manufacturing plant.
Kodak now sources its acetate film base externally
Acetate plant. If you zoom in you can see huge drying wheels on the first floor.
Silver rich water
Film slitting machine
Cuts 4ft wide rolls of film into 12,000-ft long rolls of their finished widths (25mm, 70mm, etc)
A raw roll of film
Kodak's safelights are very dim green.
After the film's run through the perforator this is what's left: Kodak confetti! It is sent off for silver reclamation
Discarded polyester film!
Discarded acetate film
Uncut rolls of film are stored in light-tight wooden caskets!
Uncut printed sheets of metal to be slit and turned into 35mm canisters!
Uncut sheets of metal
Kodak is very demanding of the print quality- the printing (colored/logos on one side and matte black on the other) has to be able to withstand being cut, glued, and bent.
35mm canister end cap scrap
End caps coming off the line!
The machine came back to Rochester after some heady NAFTA years in Mexico!
Litho ready to be curved and velveted
Kodak is also very particular about its velvet- it has to withstand years of storage while staying light tight and keeping debris out! Kodak thought they'd stockpiled a lifetime supply years ago, but ran out due to unexpected demand! They just had to order more.
Ready to be formed
Labels still in Spanish
Velveting and bending the litho strips!
Finished, capped canisters