It's sometimes said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day ...

Two long rows of tables covered in breakfast foods with diners and wait staff.

It's sometimes said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we're starting our day with a breakfast hosted by the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company on this date, January 20th, in 1920.

The breakfast feast was held at Philadelphia's Broad Street Station for employees of the Engineering Department of the company's East Pittsburgh branch, who were transferring to the company's South Philadelphia Works in in Essington and Lester, Pennsylvania. This photograph was taken by staff photographer Charles Yessel (1877-1953) for publication in the company’s newsletter, Machine News.

The Westinghouse Machine Company, which became the Westinghouse Electric Corporation in 1945, manufactured gas and steam engines, turbines and mechanical stokers for use in railway systems, fire service pumping stations, the shipping industry, and other large scale industrial purposes. The South Philadelphia Works was constructed from 1917 to 1919 as a steam turbine manufacturing plant.

This image is part of Hagley Library’s collection of Westinghouse Electric Corporation Steam Division photographs (Accession 1969.170).

A curated selection of items from this collection has been digitized; our Digital Archive offers over 1,000 photographs from this resource dating from 1898 to 1964. These photographs cover a variety of subjects including building construction, turbine manufacturing, research facilities, machinery, executives and employees, and visitors to the facility. To view more material from this collection online now, click here.