Shorpy Saturday – Ford Factory: 1916

By Jeffrey Buck

It was a different time in 1916. It’s quite apparent that work attire has come a long way with workers. One today, with no knowledge of history, would think everyone was white collar workers. Casual clothing wasn’t much of an option during this time period.

Some of the Ford Factory still stands today although it continues to fall into disrepair. It seems that most of the original structure in the Shorpy photo was torn down to make way for the shopping center that stands there today. The “current” photo shows the beginning of the larger part of the structure which can be seen further down the street.

Not many of the buildings from the era on the right side of the road have survived. This may be one of the most historically significant properties in US history. It’s a shame that Ford has failed to take a real interest in preserving the factory or office portion of this monumental campus in Highland Park.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Ford factory: 1916“:

Detroit (Highland Park), Michigan, circa 1916. “Four o’clock shift, Ford Motor Company.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.


Below is a shot of the same block today from street level:

About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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