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Testing Large Turbines, Westinghouse Co. Works (1904)

On the left of the screen, a small group of men lift the top off of what appears to be a turbine with a crane and continue to check the machine, tightening various parts with wrenches. On ... See full summary »
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On the left of the screen, a small group of men lift the top off of what appears to be a turbine with a crane and continue to check the machine, tightening various parts with wrenches. On the right side, a few men appear to be testing the workings of what may be a turbine. Written by Library of Congress

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May 1904 (USA)  »

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Another Dull Episode in the Westinghouse Saga
2 August 2009 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

This short film is another in the generally dull series of films made by Biograph at the Westinghouse Works. The subject matter and the title mean that you could see all the important moments on a couple of snapshots, but the film drones on for nearly four minutes.

We see a couple of turbines standing side by side. A number of men bustle around them, twiddling this and tweaking that, before the casing of one of them (turbines, not men) is removed by an out-of-shot overhead crane and lifted away. It's the kind of work that would be done by computer in a room void of human life today, but the volume of labour involved is probably the most thought-provoking aspect of this film.


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