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Rouge Pictured in its Prime
Ford R. Bryan
Wayne State Univ Press
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Rouge Pictured in its Prime

Covering the Years 1917-1940

By Ford R. Bryan.

Cloth with dust jacket, 288 pages, 8.5 x 11, 389 illustrations. 2003.

"When Ford Motor Company was formed in 1903, its primary assembly plant was a wooden one-story wagon shop, but as the auto manufacturer grew, so did its factories. By 1917, building on his experience with the Piquette and Highland Park plants, Henry Ford began constructing his ultimate vision of an efficient and effective industrial complex on the banks of the Rouge River.

"In its time, "The Rouge," as Detroiters called it, was the largest integrated automobile factory in the world.
Rouge: Pictured in Its Prime, featuring 389 photographs taken within 45 different departments of the Rouge by Ford photographers from 1918 to 1940, provides a realistic portrait of buildings, machinery, and employees at work during a twenty-two year period. In the accompanying text, Ford R. Bryan chronicles the history of the Rouge plant, from its earliest conception to its future in the 21st century.

"It is always a pleasure to learn that a record is being set straight or a story is being told that has not been heard completely. It is an even greater pleasure when one discovers that it is done with style, accuracy, and great visual appeal. Ford Bryan's new book, Rouge: Pictured in Its Prime, is just this sort of historical presentation. The story of Ford Motor Company's world-famous Rouge factory has been told in footnotes and photo essays, but never in the kind of detail presented by Mr. Bryan. . . . Rouge: Pictured in Its Prime joins a solid shelf of equally fine books by Ford Bryan that document the many facets, friends, and activities of Henry Ford.&q/stronguot; —William Clay Ford

"Ford Richardson Bryan taught high school science after completing his own education at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan. Following World War II, he joined Ford Motor Company as a spectrochemical analyst. Over the course of thirty-three years, he would move on to the Ford Scientific Laboratory, publishing more than seventy technical papers on optical spectroscopy. Following his retirement from Ford, he became a volunteer at the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village. His yen for writing led him to the Ford Archives, where he found a gold mine of material about his own family and about his favorite subject, Henry Ford."