This is a compilation of three films in the Westinghouse series of shorts filmed in April and May of 1904, and contained in the three-disc boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from five American film archives. It is preserved by the Museum of Modern Art, has a running time of about 5½ minutes and an added piano music score. The first film in the compilation is Panoramic View, Aisle B, Westinghouse Works (1904) and the second is Girls Winding Armatures (1904). The third film is untitled, as it is not copyrighted. See more »
The films were taken from April 18, 1904 to May 16, 1904 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and document various Westinghouse manufacturing plants. They were made by G. W. Bitzer of the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, were shown at the Westinghouse Auditorium at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, and may have been made for that purpose.
Although I do not fully know what Westinghouse is (or more accurately was), and know very little about Pittsburgh, this is a pretty cool document of history. We see not only the laborers (some working in dangerous conditions), but also an endless stream of well-dressed female employees. And I do mean endless.
In an age where manufacturing seems more and more rare, this is an interesting look back at America's history of building things.
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