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Don't Miss This Very Interesting 1904 Forge Welding Film from The Library of Congress

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We found this incredible film from the Library of Congress (click here to watch it) in it a group of men

forge weld one area of a large ring. They use the heat from a fire and weld it the old fashioned

blacksmith way, after multiple heats and much hand and steam hammering. Take a few minutes to watch

this fascinating look back at how it was done well over 100 year ago. The ring is presumably a piece

of a generator or motor.

The film was made by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company during 1904 and filmed by

camera man, G.W. “Billy” Bitzer. The film above was shot on April 18, 1904, at the Westinghouse

Electric & Manufacturing Co. in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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That's when men were men and going to work meant WORKING. Those sledges look to be 12 pounders. I'd hate to get anyone of them mad at me in a bar room................Bob

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Here's another interesting film. It's of Hoopes Bro. & Darlington wheelworks. Their plant was two blocks from my shop here in West Chester, PA. They made wheels for many cars in the old days. I went in their abondoned offices in 1976 and found the factory files scattered about the floor. I took a couple folders, but should have rescued more. This film was made shortly before they closed in 1973.

Part 1

Part 2

Phil

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That's when men were men and going to work meant WORKING. Those sledges look to be 12 pounders. I'd hate to get anyone of them mad at me in a bar room................Bob

And not a piece of safety equipment or even a protective shirtsleeve in sight, wow.

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Here's another interesting film. It's of Hoopes Bro. & Darlington wheelworks.

Phil

Thanks for posting the films...very interesting. When I find more printed info on wheel building I will use them on The Old Motor.

Hope you are wintering well !!

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