Post Number: 5315
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 12:36 pm: || |
Happy birthday to our favorite thread. 1 year old today.
Sven started it with post #7. One of the most sucessful debuts in forum history
Here's to another year!
Post Number: 1
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 2:10 pm: || |
I love this site! Thought I was the only one that made historical factories a reason to drive out of my way to the supermarket. Does anyone have access to old plant floor layouts, body/paint/final assembly it doesn't matter. My grandfather used to work for Packard as a draftsman, and I want to create a collage for him. Any ideas?
Post Number: 12
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
|Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 6:16 pm: || |
Let's start this second year with some interesting ads.
Two ads for the Long Manufacturing Company. Both from 1929.
"Long products - automotive clutches and radiators."
"Long clutches are used on all Jordan automobiles."
Post Number: 13
Posted From: 18.104.22.168
|Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 6:25 pm: || |
I don't remember if someone mentioned this company earlier;
G & O. Manufacturer of radiators. G for Gemmer ???
Ad from 1923.
Post Number: 843
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 10:32 pm: || |
Caribbean, welcome to the thread. I took a look at some Packard maps and photos, but it will take quite a bit of investigating to put it into an understandable form. I've been planning on doing a labeled aerial photo, and will move it up in the queue. It will take a bit of time, so I'll have to be really bored to start in on it.
Finishing up with the St. Aubin area GM plants, here is Central Forge on Euclid and the GTWR from around 1920.
This is an aerial from 1952, as the 49 one was too obscured by smoke. I tried to draw in the outline of the original structure, not very successfully. The previously mentioned Northway is just to the north of this plant.
Post Number: 63
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
|Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - 10:22 am: || |
Caribbean--Welcome to the forum! I hope you will bring your grandfather to the Packard Automobile Classics (PAC-AKA "the Packard Club") convention July 4-10, headquarters hotel is the Marriott Northpointe in Pontiac. We're expecting between 150-200 cars, and it's going to be quite a week.
Post Number: 176
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 10:47 am: || |
The 21 Jones address shown on the Sanborn Map a few posts earlier was the location of Reid Manufacturing. They made a car in 1904 and then for another year or two manufactured a car called the Wolverine. Nothing like trivia.
Post Number: 848
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 12:56 pm: || |
I did a find on the db for Reid, and nothing came up. Thanks to your post Sven, I looked up Wolverine, and noticed that Reid was mispelled. Oops.
This will clear up a bit about Paige-Detroit, at least to me. This is a Sanborn map from 1921 showing the P-D factory #1 on 262 McKinstry and W Fort, right next door to the Timken factory. To the bottom left of the map is identified as buildings for truck production, which ceased in 1923. The Detroit part of the name was dropped in 1910, but still persists on the map, bought by Graham Bros. in 1927.
Post Number: 860
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
|Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2006 - 1:06 pm: || |
To change pace for a bit, here are three ads from WWII showing various Detroit companies who made tanks.
Body Armaments by Fisher
Post Number: 67
Posted From: 18.104.22.168
|Posted on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 9:47 pm: || |
Many posts back I made mention of a site that was about to post current images of Studebaker South Band which is due for demolition. The photos have just been posted and are amazing. The plant is more complete and less molested than the typical Detroit locations. Check it out here.
http://www.opacity.us/gallery1 07_around_the_bend.htm#image38 22
The guy is quite talented and is respectful of all the places he explores. Enjoy
Post Number: 249
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 10:00 pm: || |
Cool. Ciderhouse Rules.
psychiatric hospitals in the New England area
Post Number: 864
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
|Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - 12:48 pm: || |
Cadillac #2, aka Foundries and Sheet Metal Division, 1899 Trombley & Dequindre. Site of the original Leland & Faulconer machine shop.
The building on the upper right, darker yellow, is named as the A. Thompson & Co, maker of valves, bolts, pistons, pins for the auto industry. 1910 Trombley, later GM's Harrison Radiator Div.
An aerial view from 1961 showing part of the Thompson bldg, and I-94 cutting through the south end of the block. This part is still standing.
Post Number: 201
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - 1:43 pm: || |
What is the Central Iron Foundry? Was it allied with Central Forge nearby and when did it close?
Post Number: 870
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 10:22 pm: || |
No idea about Central Iron, haven't run accross it yet, but I suspect that it was not affiliated with Central Forge. CF was part of GM, and IIRC it was renamed and incorporated into the Chevy Axle plant, or something like that.
I did find on the map National Auto Fibres, mentioned early on in this thread, page 3 I think. Located at 19925 Hoover & State Fair, and built in 1933 (?).
And as a bonus, nearby was Warner Aircraft, built in 1929, 20263 Hoover. Makers of aircraft engines.
When Warner appeared on another map, it was located at 8 Mile and GTWRR. On the Sanborn area map, Warner's name is placed near there, but it is for the dot located on Hoover. Some old map maker took the name location for the bldg location, thus the error.
Working on Cadillac #1, photos on the last OCF page. I mentioned a possible passenger station in the old photo, and it turns out that there was a small one just off to the left. It is labelled as a Union, maybe DUR(?), on Cass and the RR tracks, there was a carbarn nearby. More later after I get the aerials done...
Post Number: 5350
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
|Posted on Saturday, March 04, 2006 - 12:16 am: || |
Today I noticed in Windsor that the old Champion Sparkplug factory was being demolished.
So I scooted by and snapped some photos.
Photos and some history can be found here
Post Number: 10
Posted From: 18.104.22.168
|Posted on Saturday, March 04, 2006 - 2:41 am: || |
A little more on the GM plants located on the vast GM's Holbrook properties in the early 1920's -- GM completed in 1918 it's Central Forge plant on Euclid Ave East and the GTR and started the Central Foundry in Saginaw. The next year it opened its Central Gear plant and Central Axle plants on St Aubin. During the Sloan 1921 consolidation, the gear and axle plants were combined in April. Then on October 1, 1922 the gear, axle, and forge plants were turned over to Chevrolet.
In my 1921 directory it seems there must had been a branch plant of GM's Central Foundry located at St Aubin and Denton Ave - which would had been east of the Central Forge plant.
(Message edited by Scrippsbooth on March 04, 2006)
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