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The Lumière Children

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The first and the best workers of the Monplaisir factory were probably the children and the grand-children of Antoine Lumière as well as Louis Lumière's son-in-laws.

"For some long months, we have delivered ourselves (in 1884), my brother [Louis], my two sisters [Jeanne and Juliette] and myself, over to this work for 12 or 14 hours a day, locked in the dark laboratories, without a pause, without a rest... while at the same time, we applied ourselves to the construction of the machines for cleaning the glass, colouring the emulsion, we trained personnel, the production became more and more mechanical and abundant..." Auguste Lumière, Mes Travaux et mes Jours

Following a brilliant military service during the First World War, Henri Lumière built his industrial carrier entirely within the Lumière factories. Entering into the Union Photographique Industrielle in 1919, he was elected to the Board of Directors in 1921. In 1925 he was named general director, delegated member of the board, and on the eve of the Second World War he was elected president of the Lumière Company's Board of Directors. He left this position on the 11th of June, 1964.

Louis Lumière's son-in-laws held the higher positions of the Lumière factories. Albert Trarieux entered the U.P.I. in 1925, the same year Auguste and Louis Lumière definitively retired from the Board of Directors. In 1940, he was a Société Lumière board member, and he filled the vice-presidency and the general direction of the company in Pars until his retirement in 1954.

At the start of the Second World War, Jean Lefrancq entered the Société Lumière as a board member, general director of technical services. He contributed greatly to the strategy of the enterprise and participated extensively in the agreements that would tie the Lumière Company to CIBA in 1961. He developed the modernisation programme and the company's industrial expansion, and he oversaw the construction of the new factories in the Saint-Priest suburbs of Lyon. He left the company on June 1, 1969.