The Pathé Frères Run Away with the Industry

A self-styled contemporary cartoon shows Émile (who ran the phonograph branch of the company) and Charles Pathé (who oversaw the manufacture of motion-picture equipment and raw film stock), attended by the red rooster that symbolized their company. Between 1897 and 1911, the company’s capital stock rose from 1 million to 15 million francs, and its motto boasted—with ample justification—that its products were “tops in the world.”

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