Swift & Company's Meat Packing House, Chicago, Illinois, "Splitting Backbones and Final Inspection of Hogs," 1910-1915

Summary

At this meat packing operation, a conveyor moved hog carcasses past meat cutters, who then removed various pieces of the animal. To keep Model T production up with demand, Ford engineers borrowed ideas from other industries. Sometime in 1913 they realized that the "disassembly line" principle employed in slaughterhouses could be adapted to building automobiles -- on a moving assembly line.

At this meat packing operation, a conveyor moved hog carcasses past meat cutters, who then removed various pieces of the animal. To keep Model T production up with demand, Ford engineers borrowed ideas from other industries. Sometime in 1913 they realized that the "disassembly line" principle employed in slaughterhouses could be adapted to building automobiles -- on a moving assembly line.

Artifact

Stereograph

Date Made

1915

Subject Date

1910-1915

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

92.0.173.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cardboard
Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 in

Width: 7 in

Inscriptions

Printed on front at bottom: 20256 Splitting Backbones and Final Inspection of Hogs / Before Placing Them in the Refrigerator Rooms / Chicago, ILL, U.S.A. Printed on front at sides: Keystone View Company / COPYRIGHTED / Manufacturers MADE IN U.S.A. Publishers / Meadville, Pa., New York, NY, Portland / Oregon, London, Eng., Sydney, Aus Printed on front, top center: 142

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