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The UAW Sit-Down Strikes at the Fisher Body Company

Sit-Down Strike at the Fisher Body Company

Late in December of 1936, members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) formed only a year earlier took the first major move to be recognized and become effective in representing the Nation’s auto workers. The first Fisher Body Company strike is reported to have started on December 28, 1936 at 2p.m at the Fisher plant in Collinwood,…

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* Up Dated * A Few More Automotive Oddities to Ponder

Today, like last Saturday, we have an assortment of interesting photos from a network of friends in Europe who like vehicles that are unusual and a bit off the beaten track. The little three-wheeled car above is a Microbo that was powered by a 125cc engine; it appears that it was made in Milan, Italy, for a…

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Plans for the Packard Plant Move Forward

Image from drone camera coverage courtesy of Detroit Drone. According to a report from the Detroit Free Press yesterday, Fernando Palazuelo the new owner of the Packard Plant complex is moving ahead with his plans to clean up the industrial remains. He is starting within the next few weeks to clear up debris and broken concrete…

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Finley Robinson Porter’s Horizontally Opposed Dual Four Cylinder Engines

         Plan-view of the horizontally opposed dual four-cylinder engines. Horizontally-opposed dual four-cylinder engines with common rotary valves, certainly is a mouthful. But that is exactly what Finley Robinson Porter had finished designing only a little over a year after he left Mercer, as the Chief Engineer where he designed the legendary T-head…

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The Carter Two-Engine Car – The Fail Safe Automobile

1907 Carter Two-Engine Car used by the Washington D.C. Fire Chief. It has been reported that Howard Carter came up with the idea for the two engine automobile after an incident where he was not able to start his car; later he reasoned that if one engine let you down, you would have the other…

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The Globe of Death – Going Round and Round and Up and Down

The Mendoza’s Globe of Fate motorcycle and bicycle act A little over a week ago we featured a Wall of Death thrill show film. Geoff, a reader from Australia commented on it and told us of the Durkin Brothers Globe of Death show that traveled the Down Under entertainment circuit for over 20 years. In many of these acts…

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The Three-Wheeled Bond Minicar – Low Cost Post-War Transportation

A Bond Mark A Minicar in New Zealand in 1950 Three-wheeled mini cars are often built for economic reasons and low initial and operating costs. Because the pint-sized cars in many countries are often classified as motorcycles, this often results in lower registration and tax fees. The image above shows a Bond Mark A that was built between…

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Israel I. Ziperstein and His Flying Machine Patents

It has been a while since we have covered any aircraft, and this entertaining machine is perfect for a return there. Israel I. Ziperstein and his associates concentrated on devices to stabilize, propel and elevate so-called heavier-than-air machines. The patent drawing seen here illustrates Ziperstein’s Aeronautical Device for which a patent was issued on August 12,…

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* Updated * The 1948 Mustang – A Short-Lived Streamliner

* Update * at the bottom of the post. The dustbin of automotive history is chock-full of a number of futuristic cars designed and built by forward thinking individuals, some even reached the start-up of the manufacturing process after they were first rolled out to the public. This 1948 Mustang is a perfect example, Roy McCarty of…

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Lindbergh’s Epic 1927 Non-Stop New York to Paris Flight

A young man announcing Lindbergh’s successful flight in St. Louis, Missouri, with a pennant on his Model “T” Ford. Benjamin Ames photo. For something, a little different today, the photo above sums up an extraordinary feat: Charles Lindbergh was the first aviator to fly nonstop from New York to Paris and collect the twenty-five thousand dollar prize…

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