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Producing America's buried treasures / an International Sound Films production ; presented by Georgia Marble Company ; producer, George M. Kirkland ; writer, Don Nixon

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Type: Moving images | MovingImage
Creator: Georgia Marble Company
Gordon, W. Brockford
Strosnider, Lee
Barry, John
Berry, Jack
International Sound Films
Kirkland, George M.
Nixon, Don
Title: Producing America's buried treasures / an International Sound Films production ; presented by Georgia Marble Company ; producer, George M. Kirkland ; writer, Don Nixon
Date: 1950-1959
Description: Producing America's Buried Treasure is a twenty-one-minute industrial film from the 1950s on the history of the Georgia Marble Company and the company's marble operations in Pickens County, Georgia, West Rutland, Vermont and Friendsville, Tennessee. Also documented in the film are the limestone and serpentine industries and their operations in Russellville, Alabama and Alberene, Virginia. The film begins by depicting Henry Fitzsimmons' serendipitous discovery of the Long Swamp Valley marble vein in Pickens County, Georgia. Next, the development of the marble industry is depicted with a shot sequence that reveals the chronological growth of the marble industry after Fitzsimmons' discovery, included among the scenes are: stone carvers working with hammers and chisels, a length of railroad tracks, two men handling blueprints, a marble stock yard, and 1950s-era finishing machinery. Following the scenes chronicling the growth of the marble industry and interspersed throughout the remainder of the film is footage of several notable Georgia marble structures located throughout the country, including: the Douglas Fairbanks Memorial and the Cecil B. Demille Memorial, both in Hollywood, California; the Alamo Cenotaph in San Antonio, Texas; the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, D.C.; and the Pioneer Tennessean, also known as the Massengill Memorial, in Johnson City, Tennessee. In the next film sequence, footage shows both marble quarrying and finishing facilities in operation during the 1950s. The quarrying facility shots include scenes of the quarry, a channeling machine and a derrick boom. Laborers are shown splitting the marble from the quarry bed by hammering wedges into horizontally-drilled holes. The next sequence includes footage of the finishing operation, and contains shots of a gang saw, a surfacing machine and a polishing machine. The stone carvers' mastery is depicted as they are shown working the marble in great detail using air-powered chisels. The next segment showcases the spectrum of colors found within the marble of Georgia as well as Vermont and Tennessee; specifically, shades of white, grey, green, pink and black marble. Scenes of the Green Mountain Marble Company in West Rutland, Vermont and the Tennessee Marble Company in Friendsville, Tennessee, both divisions of the Georgia Marble Company, show underground quarrying operations and finishing methods, respectively. Following these scenes is a sequence that features distinguished buildings in Washington D.C. that were constructed from the marble of Georgia, Vermont and Tennessee, including: the Pan American Union Building; the National Gallery of Art; the Longworth House Office Building; the Folger Shakespeare Library; and the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building. The following series of scenes describe and depict the uses of marble in the residential housing industry, specifically in the form of split-face ashlar siding, roofing and terrazzo flooring materials. Shown next is footage of the company's underground crushed marble mining operation and the range of modern products that contain significant amounts of crushed marble as an ingredient. Among these are athletic field line markers; paint extenders; rubber fillers; and soil deacidifiers used in the the agricultural industry. Next are film sequences that show the limestone industry in Russellville, Alabama and the serpentine industry in Alberene, Virginia. Scenes of the Alabama Limestone Company, a subsidiary of Georgia Marble Company, depict the company's work facilities, underground mining operations, and distinguished buildings constructed with Alabama's structural limestone. Notable among these are: the City Hall Building and Canada House, both located in New York City, and the National Islamic Center in Washington, D.C. Following are scenes depicting the Alberene Stone Corporation; these include a serpentine quarry, facility operations and popular serpentine products such as laboratory sinks and counters.

Cinematographers, W. Brockford Gordon, Lee Strosnider ; editor, W. Brockford Gordon ; sound, John Barry ; narration, Jack Berry.

Subjects: Marble--Georgia | Georgia Marble Company--Georgia--Pickens County | Georgia Marble Company--Employees | Georgia Marble Company--History | Stone-cutters--Georgia--Pickens County | Stone carvers--Georgia--Pickens County | Fitzsimmons, Henry T., 1802-1845 | Stone-cutting tools--Georgia--Pickens County | Georgia Marble Company--Equipment and supplies | Marble industry and trade--Equipment and supplies | Quarries and quarrying--Equipment and supplies | Crushed stone industry--Equipment and supplies | Marble industry and trade--Georgia--Pickens County | Quarries and quarrying--Georgia--Pickens County | Crushed stone industry--Georgia--Pickens County | Stone carving--Georgia--Pickens County | Georgia Marble Company--Machinery | Marble industry and trade--Machinery | Quarries and quarrying--Machinery | Machinery in the workplace--Georgia--Pickens County | Crushing machinery--Georgia--Pickens County | Hoisting Machinery--Georgia--Pickens County | Cutting machines--Georgia--Pickens County | Saws--Georgia--Pickens County | Surface preparation | Grinding and polishing | Public buildings--Washington (D.C.) | Office buildings--Washington (D.C.) | National monuments--Washington (D.C.) | National parks and monuments--Washington (D.C.) | Historic sites--Washington (D.C.) | Memorials--Washington (D.C.) | Monuments--Washington (D.C.) | Monuments--San Antonio (Tex.) | Monuments--Johnson City (Tenn.) | Monuments--California--Los Angeles | Sepulchral monuments--California--Los Angeles | Fairbanks, Douglas, 1883-1939--Tomb | DeMille, Cecil B. (Cecil Blount), 1881-1959--Tomb | Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Monuments | Lincoln Memorial (Washington, D.C.) | Pioneers--Tennessee--Johnson City--Monuments | Massengill Memorial (Johnson City, Tenn.) | Pan American Union Building (Washington, D.C.) | Folger Shakespeare Library | National Gallery of Art (U.S.) | United States. Federal Reserve Board | Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building (Washington, D.C.) | Longworth House Office Building (Washington, D.C.) | Industrial films--Georgia--Pickens County | Islamic Center (Washington, D.C.) | City Hall (New York, N.Y.) | Canada House (New York, N.Y.) | Alabama Limestone Company (Russellville, Ala.) | Alabama Limestone Company--Machinery | Limestone--Alabama--Russellville | Limestone industry--Alabama--Russellville | Limestone mines and mining--Alabama--Russellville | Machinery in the workplace--Alabama--Russellville | Tennessee Marble Company | Machinery in the workplace--Tennessee--Friendsville | Quarries and quarrying--Tennessee--Friendsville | Crushing machinery--Tennessee--Friendsville | Hoisting machinery--Tennessee--Friendsville | Grinding machines--Tennessee--Friendsville | Green Mountain Marble Company (West Rutland, Vt.) | Marble--Vermont--West Rutland | Marble industry--Vermont--West Rutland | Machinery in the workplace--Vermont--West Rutland | Hoisting machinery--Vermont--West Rutland | Quarries and quarrying--Vermont--West Rutland | Alberene Stone Corporation of Virginia | Serpentine--Virginia--Alberene | Machinery in the workplace--Virginia--Alberene | Crushing machinery--Virginia--Alberene | Hoisting machinery--Virginia--Alberene | Cutting machines--Virginia--Alberene | Pickens County (Ga.) | Tate (Ga.) | Marblehill (Ga.) | Nelson (Ga.) | Long Swamp Valley (Ga.)
Contributors: Georgia. Dept. of Archives and History
Online Publisher: Athens Ga. : Digital Library of Georgia, 2006
Original Material: From the Georgia Dept. of Industry and Trade. Tourist Division. Promotional films on Georgia industry. RG 28-4-6, Georgia Archives.
Rights and Usage: Cite as: [title of film], Georgia Dept. of Industry and Trade. Tourist Division. Promotional films on Georgia industry. RG 28-4-6, Georgia Archives, as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.

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Persistent Link to Item: http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/georgiamarble/id:gmrb001

Related Institutions: Digital Library of Georgia
Georgia. Dept. of Archives and History
Pickens County Library (Jasper, Ga.)
Collection Information: Beauty in Stone: The Industrial Films of the Georgia Marble Company