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

Keystone View Company1915

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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.

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  • Title: Swift & Company's Meat Packing House, Chicago, Illinois, "Splitting Backbones and Final Inspection of Hogs," 1910-1915
  • Creator: Keystone View Company
  • Date: 1910/1915
  • Date Created: 1915
  • Location: United States, Pennsylvania, Meadville, United States, Illinois, Chicago
  • Subject Keywords: Swift & Company, Food industry and trade, Mass production, Meat industry and trade, Packing plants, Workers, Photographic prints, Photographs, Stereographs
  • Type: Photographs
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Stereograph
  • Object ID: 92.0.173.2
  • Image ID: THF32081
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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