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A Factory à la française

History has conserved the names of many Lumière employees, such as Maisson, the factory's chief mechanic, Vernier, a foreman, François Clerc, of the celebrated film Arroseur et Arrosé, Seyewetz, head of laboratories, Marius and Louis Goignet, Perrigot, Moussy, and of course the Doubliers.
The four children of the family Doublier were among the first and most loyal employees of the Lumière factories. Professional and personal relations were forged between the two dynasties for over more than seventy years. Gabriel Doublier first entered the machine shop as an apprentice to Charles Moisson. Upon his return from military service, from 1900 to 1904, he moved to Paris to help in the operation of the Photorama. He later returned to Lyon to help produce the new Autochrome, a service directed by Marius Perrigot, who he succeeded in 1939.
Francis Doublier was the assistant of Charles Moisson at the time of the first Lumière Cinématograph viewing, on December 28, 1895. He then became the film operator to tour the world. On his return to France, he managed the first Parisian cinema located at 6, boulevard Saint-Germain. Francis later left France for Burlington, USA, where in 1902 he established a branch of the Lumière factories, which would close its doors in 1911.
Jenny and Philippine Doublier were employed at the Lumière factories from a young age. Philippine became head of the plate department, where according to his niece "she knew how to be feared and obeyed by her personnel." 

This state of mind, this "trademark" temperament, symbolised the mentality that reigned at the heart of the Lumière factories. The author of the 1956 report remarked upon the effective organisation of labour, the competence of the personnel, a tight circle "that has been in business for a long time and is very attached to him."

So, like certain factories still existing today, such as Peugeot or Michelin, the Lumière factory was truly a factory à la française.