Charles Steinmetz Works in His Cabin, Camp Mohawk, Schenectady County, New York, 1922

Summary

In the 1890s, leading electrical engineer Charles Steinmetz built a cabin overlooking a tributary of the Mohawk River near Schenectady, New York. Its setting was a contrast to the General Electric laboratories where Steinmetz spent his workweek. Until his death in 1923, "Camp Mohawk" served as a getaway for quiet study or writing, or for more animated weekend gatherings with selected friends and associates.

In the 1890s, leading electrical engineer Charles Steinmetz built a cabin overlooking a tributary of the Mohawk River near Schenectady, New York. Its setting was a contrast to the General Electric laboratories where Steinmetz spent his workweek. Until his death in 1923, "Camp Mohawk" served as a getaway for quiet study or writing, or for more animated weekend gatherings with selected friends and associates.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

1922

Creators

Lawyer, Otis 

General Electric Company 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, Schenectady 

Creator Notes

Photographed by Otis Lawyer for General Electric Company of Schenectady, New York

Collection Title

Museum Vertical File 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

61.204.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Mrs. Howard Mericle

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 10.5 in

Width: 8.063 in

Inscriptions

on back: Chas. P. Steinmetz / German [crossed out, American substituted] electrical wizard. / Taken by Otis Lawyer, for / Gen. Electric Co. at Schenectady, / N.Y. / 1865-1923 / 1922? / Produced first man-made bolt of lightning / at G.E. / This cottage now at Greenfield Village, / Dearborn, Michigan purple ink stamp on back: Mrs. Howard Mericle / [...] Mich

Charles Steinmetz Cabin

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