Monday’s feature contains a pair of images taken in 1953 of parking lots at the Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant located in Dearborn, Michigan. Contrary to what you may have read, heard or thought in the past about automobile factory workers owning and driving one of the automaker’s vehicles to show loyalty to their employer, it was not the case at this Ford plant at the time.
The lead image contains a small portion of the enlargeable photo (below) of a large lot at the Complex and a second picture of another parking spot follows. While hardly being a scientific survey of both spaces, a count of the identifiable vehicles in the lower three rows in each view with the front end of the cars and trucks facing the camera show that Ford products are outnumbered by those produced by other manufacturers.
Calculate the exact ratio of Ford-built machines to those by different automakers using the same formula or share with us what you find of interest in the two photographs courtesy of Automobile Historian Alden Jewell.