Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Ford Plant Producing Helmets for World War I

Ford Plant Producing Helmets for World War I

The Ford Plant in Philadelphia producing helmets for U.S. troops in World War I.

When the United States entered the First World War in 1917 the U.S. Ordinance Department took over the Ford Motor Company’s Philadelphia factory and retooled it to produce helmets, body armor, and machine-gun trucks. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

When the United States entered the First World War in 1917, the U.S. Ordinance Department took over the Ford Motor Company’s Philadelphia factory and retooled it to produce helmets, body armor, and machine-gun trucks. Ford’s assembly line put out 150 Model Ts a day when operating at peak capacity. During the war, that same assembly line, shown here, produced supplies for the war effort at a comparable pace.

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