In our second century!
The Philadelphia Branch held its Gala 100th Anniversary Dinner on Saturday, October 16, 2010. Many of those who originated the Branch in 1910 were memorialized and recognized. Those who built our Branch in the decades since were remembered with awe and reverence.
They built a rock steady Branch, that contributed time, effort, education and technology to the science of surface finishing. Many of those in the surface finishing industry today learned much about those who preceded them. Things that we take for granted did not exist in 1910. A few examples: rectifiers, electric tank heaters, automatic plating machines, electroless nickel, bright nickel, stainless steel or plastic tanks, and many more.
Chemicals had to be mixed by the Journeyman platers to memorized or hand-written recipes, guarded and handed down from another generation. There was no government intervention or strict rules about how we handle chemicals. Back in the day, dilution was the solution. No more.
Several members brought out treasured memorabilia to display and show those who weren't born when they were made, used or printed. Old photos of Branch Presidents and banquets were displayed, as well as the original Charter for the Philadelphia Branch.
A good time was had by all, and if this event is any indicator, in about 100 years, a new membership of yet unborn platers will be planning the 200th anniversary of our proud Branch.