Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Lawyer in Connection with these Works

GE Works

Postmarked 4 January 1905

Postcard Caption:
"Noon," General Electric Works, Schenectady, NY
Jan. 1, 1905/ Your letter came yesterday. Very well, I'll not write any B.W.C. Have enjoyed my visit here very much. Mr. Frue-- is a lawyer in connection with these works-/ W.S. Ne--
Thomas Edison's Edison Machine Works moved to Schenectady in 1887. In 1890, Edison established Edison General Electric to combine his myriad companies. Around that time, the Thomspon-Houston Company, introduced several innovations that competed with Edison General Electric. The two companies merged in 1892 under the name General Electric Company with headquarters in Schenectady. General Electric's 1949 souvenir booklet described the Electric Works in the following manner:
I am happy to welcome you to the Schenectady Works. We hope you will enjoy your visit with us and that you will see many things of interest during your tour through the Plant.
The Works is open to visitors during daytime hours of working days, in order to enable the citizens of this and other communities to visit our Plant and observe the wide variety of products manufactured. Here, in more than 240 buildings, men and women manufacture great steam turbines and waterwheel generators for power stations; motors and generators for operation of factories and propulsion of ships.
They also make special products; wire and cable; control equipment and industrial devices; porcelain products, and many other types of electrical apparatus. Our products are sent to every corner of the globe and have done much to lighten the burden of man and improve standards of living....
We sincerely hope that after your visit you will share our pride in the fine products we make and the part they play in our constantly improving economic and industrial life. We hope you leave the Plant with a better realization that our many activities have the common goal of creating "More Goods for More People at Less Cost." 

GE Energy still maintains some operations in Schenectady.

History of General Electric in Schenectady
Schenectady Works Souvenir Booklet (1949)

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