The 1956 Chevrolet was assembled in Flint, Michigan by the automaker at one of the many General Motors plants located there in the City. Today’s photograph contains new Chevrolet cars and trucks in a storage lot located at the intersection Camden and Ossington Avenues in Flint. It appears the vehicles were stored here after assembly at a nearby Chevrolet Plant before being loaded onto automobile shipper’s trucks. A worker is visible at the far-right of the center of the photo in a Chevrolet panel truck parked behind a four-door Chevy hardtop with the trunk lid open.
Across from Camden Avenue, which is visible from left-to-right at the top of the image is the Standard Cotton Products Co. Plant that can be seen just to the left of center of the photo. “Wards Automotive Yearbook Vol. 18” published in 1956 describes Standard Cotton, as a supplier to GM that a manufactured “cotton batting, and automotive body trimming materials” used in the interior of automobiles and trucks. The Plant, like many in Flint has been demolished, but its footprint and lot can be seen in what is now a residential area.
The Company workers in this Standard Plant on the afternoon December 30, 1936, went on strike following the workers at Fisher II Body Plant who began the well known UAW Sit-Down Strikes that morning at 6:45; in the evening, workers at the Fisher I Body Plant also in Flint followed and took over that facility.