Historical Photos of Soviet Delegation at the Ford Motor Company Plant

Historical Photos of Soviet Delegation at the Ford Motor Company Plant HISTORY
Historical Photos how Soviet Delegation and Ford Motor Company discussed establishing motor vehicle production facilities in the USSR. What happened in 1943.
Historical Photos of Soviet Delegation at the Ford Motor Company Plant

The expansion of the Ford Motor Company into Soviet Russia has been understood as part of a unidirectional spread of American economic power and cultural forms abroad following World War 2. According to historical reports, the Soviet Delegation and Ford Motor Company discussed tractor manufacturing in the Soviet Union and the Ford Exhibit at the Tiflis Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition. 

After two years of exploratory visits and friendly negotiations, Ford Motor Company signs a landmark agreement to produce cars in the Soviet Union on May 30, 1929. Ford’s assistance in establishing motor vehicle production facilities in the USSR would greatly impact the course of world events, as the ability to produce these vehicles helped the Soviets defeat Germany on the Eastern Front during World War II.

1943 Soviet Delegation at Ford Factory

Historical Photos of Soviet Delegation at the Ford Motor Company Plant
Historical Photos of Soviet Delegation at the Ford Motor Company Plant
Historical Photos of Soviet Delegation at the Ford Motor Company Plant
Historical Photos of Soviet Delegation at the Ford Motor Company Plant
Historical Photos of Soviet Delegation at the Ford Motor Company Plant

Sources:

  • Assembling Fordism: The Production of Automobiles, Americans, and Bolsheviks in Detroit and Early Soviet Russia, 2014 David E. Greenstein Comparative Studies in Society and History
  • Report of the Ford Delegation to Russia and the U.S.S.R., 1926, Collins, William G.
  • Fordism at Ford: Spatial Decentralization and Labor Segmentation at the Ford Motor Company, 1920-1950, 1995 Bruce Pietrykowski Economic Geography
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