Thursday, March 06, 2014

Before the Robot: The technology that made Pittsburgh

Just checking the content available in the newly (semi) freed Getty Archives. 

Before the robot, it was introduction of the Bessemer Converter at Andrew Carnegie's new plant in Braddock that made Pittsburgh what it would be over the subsequent century.

Making Bessemer steel at Pittsburgh – the converters at work. Drawn by Charles Graham, late nineteenth century. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)


Anonymous The Wiz said...

Ever see The Men Who Made America on the History Channel? Great series. Carnegie was a rail road man that 'accidentally' got into steel making. He was assigned to build a RR bridge over the mighty Mississippi. At the time they used cast iron but it wasn't strong enough to build the bridge needed Steel was only used for small items as it was expensive to make. He searched for two years to find a solution and met Mr Bessemer and used his new technique to manufacture large amounts of steel and made the bridge. Soon he was getting so many orders for steel that he left the RR biz to start Carnegie Steel.

Friday, March 07, 2014 3:19:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

That history is more concise that accurate... but in spirit is close enough.

Funny semantics though. Hard to believe Andrew Carnegie was ever 'assigned' work anytime after his tenure as a telegraph operator.

Friday, March 07, 2014 8:20:00 PM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

Call the History Channel and have them correct it.

Saturday, March 08, 2014 11:01:00 AM  
Anonymous marketdiamond said...

Carnegie? My favorite was the re-enactment of Henry Clay Frick whipping the guy outside his West Overton works! The History Channel is great for its genre but it's popcorn academics, anything that is a lead in to Pawn Stars has to be taken lightly.

And as far as calling them to correct it? They are in the 'business' of truth but not the 'whole truth'. Has to be 22.5 minutes long with the ability to segue & bookend telegenically. Turning them off would get their attention more then contacting them on a half-story truth, but then again I have enjoyed my share of infotainment/docudramas. As they say in the TV industry, there is no such thing as "bad [Pittsburgh] publicity".

Saturday, March 08, 2014 5:17:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

They are in the 'business' of truth but not the 'whole truth'.

Don't they have a bunch of shows where they say aliens built stuff?

Saturday, March 08, 2014 5:21:00 PM  
Anonymous marketdiamond said...

Let me know when someone has the whole truth on aliens. If you ask someone over at Kecksburg about Dec '65, or even some about the "underground Westinghouse labs/bases" in Washington Co. I'm sure aliens won't be so easily dismissed. And the B-25 disappearance in the Mon has been speculated about with some kind of Alien body on board, or Howard Hughes. Whole truth, no way, some truth that Howard Hughes crash landed in the Mon in the '50s--stranger than aliens in Kecksburg in the '60s I'd say. Oh yeah and ... pawn stars lol.

Sunday, March 09, 2014 6:44:00 AM  

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