1904

This long clip shows the entire process of welding a large piece of metal before the advent of the industrial electric welder. Notice the forge and the foreman overseeing the work. Check out the muscles on those guys. Many of them are probably recent immigrants. It seem incredible that the average weekly wage for such hard labor was $3 to $5. The shot was made at the Westinghouse plant where electric generators were made. The photographer was the famous Billy Bitzer who later teamed up with director D.W.

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