Walter Pidgeon Signing an Airplane at Willow Run Bomber Plant during a War Bond Drive, January 1944

Summary

Actor Walter Pidgeon visited Ford Motor Company's Willow Run bomber plant on January 21, 1944. Pidgeon gamely signed an airplane named Pidgeon Coop in his honor. At peak production, Willow Run completed one B-24 Liberator bomber every 63 minutes. Americans considered it an industrial marvel. Other famous visitors to the plant included filmmaker Walt Disney and newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.

Actor Walter Pidgeon visited Ford Motor Company's Willow Run bomber plant on January 21, 1944. Pidgeon gamely signed an airplane named Pidgeon Coop in his honor. At peak production, Willow Run completed one B-24 Liberator bomber every 63 minutes. Americans considered it an industrial marvel. Other famous visitors to the plant included filmmaker Walt Disney and newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

21 January 1944

Subject Date

21 January 1944

Collection Title

General Photographs Series 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.833.P.79271.11

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: 10.875 in

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