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  • Feb 5, 2016

  • Produced for General Electric by Wilding, THE POWER BY WHICH WE LIVE was released in 1950. The film tells the story of the electric power grid and power generation. The company catalog stated that is shows "the source of the power which operates the appliances in our home, the lights we see by, the machines we work with. Somewhere in each locality giant turbines make this supply of electricity possible. These huge machines are built with the precision of a high-quality watch and operate for years with a bare minimum of maintenance." "The film shows the dramatic process through which the precision, dependability, and accuracy are built into the turbine from the development of each component, to the final assembly, to the test run where live steam is ad-mitted and the machine proves itself ready to undertake its vital role in supplying America with the "Power by Which We Live."" The movie shows modern power plants at the 3:00 mark, and plenty of great cityscapes including New York at the 1:30 mark, GG-1 electric locomotives and trolleys and trolley buses, and Times Square at 1:40. The film ends with theoretical discussion of the nuclear power plant. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and 2k. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com


  • uploadJ
    uploadJ 10 months ago

    Wow. Did not know this much work went into the manufacture and test of a steam turbine.

  • Jack King
    Jack King 2 years ago

    A good film but it should mention who invented the steam turbine - Charles Parsons. He was a British engineer.

  • MrTommyboy68
    MrTommyboy68 6 months ago

    One can't help but wonder how many of these workers died of cancer??????? There was NO OSHA back then, toxic chemicals were just dumped down the drain and PPE was all but unheard of.

  • Johnny Hawkins
    Johnny Hawkins 3 months ago

    I can dig it!!!!!!!

  • conantdog
    conantdog 11 months ago

    A time when GE paid it's fair share of taxes .