Ford Village Industries Nankin Mills Plant, 1932

Summary

In the early 1920s, Henry Ford began locating small hydroelectrically-powered plants in rural southeast Michigan. These "Village Industries" employed local people who could maintain farms while working at the factory. This Westland-area plant opened in an old flour mill in 1921. Workers here produced tool and die work and performed special engraving and defense experiment work during World War II.

In the early 1920s, Henry Ford began locating small hydroelectrically-powered plants in rural southeast Michigan. These "Village Industries" employed local people who could maintain farms while working at the factory. This Westland-area plant opened in an old flour mill in 1921. Workers here produced tool and die work and performed special engraving and defense experiment work during World War II.

Material

Linen (Material)
Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 in

Width: 11 in

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