Edwin Bienick Collection
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Credit: American Writing Paper Company footage, Edwin Bienick Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Creating rag bond paper out of pulp and fiber, ca. 1930.
Credit: American Writing Paper Company footage, Edwin Bienick Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Creating rag bond paper out of pulp and fiber, ca. 1930.
Primary Format and Extent
film (700 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
Collection Date Range
1929 - 1931
Summary
The Edwin Bienick Collection consists of one 16 mm. film produced by Visugraphic Pictures, believed to be shot sometime between 1929 and 1931. The work is an industrial film, promoting paper quality control, highlighting various paper mill practices at the American Writing Paper Company in Holyoke, Massachusetts. It was created with an aim to reach a wider consumer audience, as evidenced by intertitles in both English and Spanish. The film depicts factory processes including mixing pulp, storing fiber, machinery pressing the paper, paper trimming and packaging, and men filling out an order form to purchase paper. The film ends with men testing the rag and sulphite fibers of the paper before providing seals of quality.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Donor Edwin Bienick found the film in the attic of the American Writing Paper Company in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where he worked. American Writing Paper Company papers are held at Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst. From the finding aid:
“The American Writing Paper Company in Holyoke, Massachusetts, incorporated and began operations in 1899. Sixteen of its mills were in Holyoke, comprising over half of the mills owned and operated by the newly-formed trust. At the time of its incorporation, the trust controlled 75% of the total United States fine paper output. During its history, the American Writing Paper Company twice declared bankruptcy, experienced labor strikes, and reorganized. In 1962, it was re-named the Holyoke Shares Incorporated and, in 1970, was completely liquidated.” (http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/ead/mums062.pdf)

Visugraphic Pictures, Inc. was located in New York, NY, producing films for corporate clients, ca. 1921-1933. Edward F. Stevenson became president in 1924. Stevenson was the author of Motion Pictures for Advertising and Selling, 1929.
WorldCat

People and Organizations
American Writing Paper Company
Place(s)
Repository
Northeast Historic Film
Availability
The Collection is open for research.
Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
Authorization to reuse and/or reproduce must be obtained from Northeast Historic Film. See http://oldfilm.org/content/stock-footage-licensing for more information.
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1) [American Writing Paper Company footage]
Intertitle: "American Writing Paper Company Presents" (Title scene and other intertitles are in Spanish.) Shot of paper manuscript. Man looks through a drawer of folded papers. Subtitl...more
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