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A Very 1950s, Factory Studio Photograph

The only information with this photo is the date, Feb. 19, 1956 and the handwriting identifying it as being used for a traffic safety piece in one of the Detroit Newspapers. From the appearance of the photo, the newpaper article may have involved the seat belt, which published reports tell us, was first offered in the US on the…

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The Ford Flathead Assembly Line In 1946

Workers are seen in this Ford factory photo taken during 1946, assembling Ford flathead engines. The workers on the left hand side appear to be installing cylinder head studs. On the right hand side the second and third engines have piston ring compressors on top of them so these workers may be installing piston and…

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Porsche Assembly Operations

The Porsche assembly operations as seen at some point in the fifties, are quite interesting if you take the time to study the photo. One interesting hold back to days of old is the saw tooth shaped roof with its vertical windows used for natural light. It appears to be quite orderly down on the…

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The Turbine Generation

The GM XP-21 Firebird at the left along with the GM Turbocruiser transit bus are seen in this promotional photo dated June 10, 1954. The two Whirlfire Turbo-Power units were built by GM Research Laboratories. At the left is William A. Turunen head of the Turbine Department and on the right Charles L. McCuen, GM…

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The Model J Duesenberg Prototype

We previously have covered the Model A and Model X Duesenberg models with photos from the Fred Roe Collection. We are now going to start with a look at the first of the most famous of all, the mighty Model J Duesenberg which took two years to develop and test. The photo of the prototype above…

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Prepping Body Shells for Paint

Workers at the Opel plant in Russelsheim, Germany, are seen in this photo taken during 1950, wet sanding body shells in primer for finish paint prep. The brushes the workers are holding are equipped with a water hose for an adequate flow of water which is necessary in good wet sanding operations. Photo courtesy of…

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The Tucker Engine Assembly Line

A press photo dated June 29, 1948, showing the Tucker engine assembly line and its workers. The original design for the Tucker engine design did not work out so he ended up modifying the Franklin air-cooled flat six which was made by Air Cooled Motors. This 334 c.i., 166 h.p. engine was originally intended for…

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