Collection Facts

7394 items
Dates of Original: 
c. 1900 - 1990
NYH Topic Area(s):

Historical Context

Known as the “The City that Lights and Hauls the World,” Schenectady was home to both the American Locomotive Company and the Edison Electric Company, which is now General Electric. GE and ALCO partnered up to create diesel locomotives. Since then, GE has helped create jobs in the Schenectady area with its renewable energy center.

Scope of Collection

This is a portion of the collection of General Electric publicity photographs, dating from about 1880 - 1970. The images include factory scenes, consumer and industrial products, images used in advertising, and installation photographs of lighting, locomotives, and industrial equipment.