William Horsley (1870-1956) founded the Centaur Film Company (later, Nestor Motion Picture Company) in Bayonne, New Jersey
in 1907. His film company and other independents merged to create Universal Pictures Company in 1912. The collection contains
photographs, correspondence, magazines and magazine articles, and ephemera related to William Horsley's career in the motion
Horsley was born in 1870; left England for the U.S.; worked as a boiler maker; with his brother David, founded the Centaur
Film Company (later, Nestor Motion Picture Company) in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1907; along with his brother and other independents,
founded Universal Pictures Company in 1912; designed and supervised the construction of Universal City; in 1916 he set up
the Bill Horsley Laboratory (later, Hollywood Film Enterprises, Incorporated), which developed and printed 35mm. films; he
died in 1956 in Los Angeles, California.William and David Horsley were pioneers in the motion-picture industry, starting in Bayonne, New Jersey, in 1907, under the
name of Centaur Film Company (later Nestor Motion Picture Company). For the first three years, William was a silent partner,
financing the little company which brother David was running. But from 1910 until 1916 he played an active role in the company
running the laboratory part of the business. In 1916 he withdrew from the company and set up the Bill Horsley Laboratory,
later known as Hollywood Film Enterprises, Inc., devoted exclusively to the developing and printing of 35mm. films.
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