Portrait of Henry Ford, 1914

Summary

The moving assembly line, first experimented with by Henry Ford and his managers in April 1913, had by mid-1914 reduced the build time for a Model T from 12 1/2 hours to 93 minutes. The need for additional workers -- and to temper worker dissatisfaction with the new process -- prompted Ford to offer an unprecedented $5 daily wage in January 1914.

The moving assembly line, first experimented with by Henry Ford and his managers in April 1913, had by mid-1914 reduced the build time for a Model T from 12 1/2 hours to 93 minutes. The need for additional workers -- and to temper worker dissatisfaction with the new process -- prompted Ford to offer an unprecedented $5 daily wage in January 1914.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

1914

Collection Title

General Photographs Series 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.833.2413

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: 10 in

Width: 8.25 in

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