Ford Assembly Plant, Des Moines, Iowa, 1925

Summary

Starting in 1912, Ford Motor Company opened domestic assembly plants throughout the United States. Assembling automobiles closer to regional markets reduced shipping costs -- parts were cheaper to ship than completed automobiles. Ford's Des Moines, Iowa, branch assembled vehicles from 1920 to 1932. In the early 1920s, the branch also built car bodies which were shipped to other regional factories for vehicle assembly.

Starting in 1912, Ford Motor Company opened domestic assembly plants throughout the United States. Assembling automobiles closer to regional markets reduced shipping costs -- parts were cheaper to ship than completed automobiles. Ford's Des Moines, Iowa, branch assembled vehicles from 1920 to 1932. In the early 1920s, the branch also built car bodies which were shipped to other regional factories for vehicle assembly.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

16 March 1925

Subject Date

12 February 1925

Collection Title

General Photographs Series 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.833.41110

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: 7.875 in

Width: 11.125 in

Inscriptions

Front: DES MOINES BRANCH 41110 2-12-25

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