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date: 25 January 2020

Bitzer, Billylocked

(21 April 1872–29 April 1944)
  • Charles L. P. Silet

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Bitzer, Billy (21 April 1872–29 April 1944), motion picture cameraman, was born in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Johann Martin Bitzer, a blacksmith and harness maker, and Anne Marie Schmidt. His brother John C. Bitzer became a well-known photographer. Baptized as Johann Gottlieb Wilhelm (recorded on his birth record as John William), Bitzer formally changed his name to George William but was known professionally as “G. W.” or “Billy.” Almost nothing is known of his early life or education. While in his early twenties Bitzer moved to New York and apparently attended night classes at Cooper Union, where he studied electrical engineering. He then worked as an electrician....

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