The Athletic Association members of the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company's South Philadelphia Works ...

Black and white image of four men in hats and suits seated on the steps of a small building in poor repair.

The Athletic Association members of the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company's South Philadelphia Works are paying us a visit this #WorkerWednesday.

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 was created on March 31, 1919 by company photographer Charles Yessel for the company’s newsletter, Machine News. It 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.