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The little train robbery / Thomas A. Edison, Inc. 1905.

[Detail] Panorama exterior Westinghouse works, 1904.


Collection Overview

Inside An American Factory: Westinghouse Works, 1904 contains 21 "actuality films" (films taken of real events as they happen) showing various views of Westinghouse companies. The films were intended to showcase the company's operations and feature the Westinghouse Air Brake Company, the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, and the Westinghouse Machine Company. The films include exterior and interior shots of the factories and of male and female factory workers on the job.

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  • Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
  • Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930

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