Blind and Visually Impaired Workers at the Ford Rouge Plant, 1934

Summary

Henry Ford believed in providing employment opportunities to disabled individuals. Blind or visually impaired workers could sort ammeter gauges or assemble valve bushings by feel, for example, while amputees could operate push-button machines with no difficulty. It was estimated that Ford Motor Company employed as many as 13,000 people with disabilities in 1927.

Henry Ford believed in providing employment opportunities to disabled individuals. Blind or visually impaired workers could sort ammeter gauges or assemble valve bushings by feel, for example, while amputees could operate push-button machines with no difficulty. It was estimated that Ford Motor Company employed as many as 13,000 people with disabilities in 1927.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

01 October 1934

Subject Date

01 October 1934

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1660.P.189.11163

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 in

Width: 11 in

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