#WorkerWednesday is off to the races ....

Black and white photo of men running, captured from behind, crowd in distance.

#WorkerWednesday is off to the races with a September 13, 1919 photograph by Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company staff photographer Charles Yessel.

This photograph, which associated text identifies as a "Fat Man's Race", was taken at a Westinghouse South Philadelphia Works company picnic for possible 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 in Essington and Lester, Pennsylvania 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.