Rouge Plant, 1947

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    The assembly line at the Rouge Plant in Dearborn, MI. I think that this is a Ford plant.

    Several years ago, I became obsessed with old scrapbooks and photo albums and picked up this fantastic treasure on Ebay.

    It is a photo album filled with pictures of the latest and greatest American cars from 1947. There are Desotos, Packards, Kaisers, Studebakers, and other cars from long-gone companies, as well as makes from still-extant Dodge, Crysler, and Ford.

    From what I can tell, the man who so carefully and lovingly put the album together came from Germany (I think) specifically to tour Detroit auto plants take photos of new cars on the road and at car shows.

    This time capsule album is so great that I just had to share.

    farlane, Old Nail, Chivalry502, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Matt (mistergoleta) 83 months ago | reply

      These are Packards.

    2. carlos dedekind marazzani 81 months ago | reply

      These are in fact 194.. (1942) Packard Clipper OneEighty Touring Sedans.

    3. Lynne's Lens 81 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the information, guys.

    4. farlane 72 months ago | reply

      Great shot! It would be great if you'd add this to the Absolute Michigan pool.

    5. farlane 72 months ago | reply

      Hey there - this photo appears on Focusing on the Future at Ford on Absolute Michigan - thanks for adding to the group!

    6. Michael Paul Smith 69 months ago | reply

      You just made my day with this one.
      Thanks!

    7. PAcarhauler 37 months ago | reply

      A similar photo could have been taken in Russia in the late 1940's. The tooling for these cars was sent there in the mid-1940's and the cars were built as ZILs.

    8. fireflite59 36 months ago | reply


      oh! yes,truly! ;) Soviet ZIS-110 (plant of a name of Stalin) looks similar to this Packard.ZIL was more later. Good find!

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