Foundry Workers at Ford Rouge Plant, 1933

Summary

Workers at the Ford Rouge Plant foundry poured a molten mixture of metal, coke, and limestone into molds to create engine blocks. Once "shaken-out" of their molds, castings were roughly machined before heading elsewhere for finishing and assembly. The Rouge foundry set an industry benchmark in 1931 with the successful casting of Ford's intricate, single-piece V-8 engine block.

Workers at the Ford Rouge Plant foundry poured a molten mixture of metal, coke, and limestone into molds to create engine blocks. Once "shaken-out" of their molds, castings were roughly machined before heading elsewhere for finishing and assembly. The Rouge foundry set an industry benchmark in 1931 with the successful casting of Ford's intricate, single-piece V-8 engine block.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

22 July 1933

Subject Date

1933

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1660.P.833.57788

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: 8 in

Width: 11.25 in

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