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 Posted: Sat Sep 28th, 2019 05:14 pm
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Steve Rockwell
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   I’m looking to confirm this photo is from the period 1895-1898, and asking if visual clues, beyond but certainly not excluding the fan motor (guard is on the floor below it) provide support for a circa ’96-’97 date? Are other artifacts consistent with such a time line... switches, bulbs, receptacles, soldering iron, electrical components and apperati, varnish tin, ? Sadly, there's no calendar on the wall...
   I converted to pdf. from my customary jpg. postings in the hope that it would enhance zoom capability, but jpg. is all I can load. A historically uncommon home workshop. All comments are welcome…
















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 Posted: Sat Sep 28th, 2019 05:39 pm
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Steve Rockwell wrote:

Edison slow motor?   :wondering:




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 Posted: Sat Sep 28th, 2019 06:16 pm
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I think that's a water motor on the floor. Maybe an Edison generator behind the guy. It looks like the Edison light plant at the local steam museum.

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 Posted: Sat Sep 28th, 2019 06:32 pm
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Michael, Do you mean this? 


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 Posted: Sat Sep 28th, 2019 06:46 pm
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The G.E. fan alone makes this datum of no particular consequence...

 

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 Posted: Sat Sep 28th, 2019 07:22 pm
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 Posted: Sat Sep 28th, 2019 07:24 pm
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 Posted: Sat Sep 28th, 2019 08:51 pm
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That sure looks like a Lynn Works Pancake to me, made '94-'95.

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Steve, yes. Looks like something I have in my basement. Only have my phone to see the photos though.

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 Posted: Sun Sep 29th, 2019 02:42 am
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 Posted: Sun Sep 29th, 2019 02:45 am
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Good luck for 96-97, Steve. :D 

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I believe there is a porcelain cut out ... this place it after 1889..

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     Thanks All. 



I'll start out telling what I know about it... then get to what I think...






 I know this is the photographer:






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You’d have to move very carefully amongst all those wires!

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That’s an Edison (probably 1/2 kw) dynamo on top of the stand behind him.All of these clues point to early to mid 90’s

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     I have limited computer access for a couple days...

I know he relocated Spring 1894 from Lynn MA to Schenectady NY.


I know he did a bunch of amateur photography through the years, including playful multiple exposures. I know there's another photo of this scene on the internet without the individual pictured. That photo states it to be General Electric lab, if memory serves...He lived first at home on Washington Ave. Schenectady, sharing quarters with several GE folk. He moved before 1899 to different quarters and famously used the carriage house out back for lab experiments... which the GE Co. sometimes touted as the first GE Research Lab, a loose interpretation...


Now to what I think:



I think this photo is from his first 1894 to 1897-98 residence, a workshop out back of the residence. Such a ramshackle bench wouldn't have been part of the GE facility, by that time ten years at the Schenectady Works...


I think, based on some flimsy visual evidence, that the individual pictured is Eskil Berg, one of the Berg brothers with whom he roomed and whom he supervised at work (and play). The other Berg brother, Ernst Julius, made a name for himself as a teacher and author/speaker after leaving the GE.


Oh yeah, I know this to be a photograph taken by Charles Steinmetz.


After discovering the other photo, more blurry, dark, and without human presence, I had to wonder whether Steinmetz superimposed the figure into the original image... could have happened either way. I think I see a bit of shadow on the wall behind him, and I'm going to think for now that this is a second, legitimate image... and at any rate, the fan shows with far greater clarity in the image I posted. When my computer is repaired, I'll get back to this thread and post a link, and continue...

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        Here's another image,from https://cdm16694.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/schmuse/id/282/rec/170 and its description; circa 1895, OK; but, I don't believe it to be a GE lab, I'm still suggesting it's home workshop from Steinmetz' first residence in Schenectady...






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