Schmiedhammer Fritz

Roger Hudson on a photograph taken in the Krupp works, Essen in 1861, signalling the arrival of a new industrial force in Europe.

A length of white-hot metal is manoeuvred under the largest steam hammer in the Krupp works at Essen, in 1861. This is the Schmiedhammer Fritz, named after Alfred Krupp’s son and symbolic not only of a new industrial force arrived in the Ruhr but of a new determination within Prussia to create a commanding place for itself within Europe.

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