Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The great depression's effect on the mechanized transportation

Only Cadillac remained profitable through it

Prior to the Great Depression there were about 300 motorcycle companies, only 2 survived; Harley Davidson and Indian

A Willys plant in Toledo had started the year with 28,000 employees. By the end, only 4,000 were still working.

Ford's plant in Detroit lost a similar amount of workers, starting the year with 128,000 and ending it with 100,000

General Motors, which before the Depression employed 260,000, had downsized almost 100,000 of them by October of 1931.

In 1933 an estimated million people spent their lives riding the rails. Roughly a quarter of these transients were under 21.


All of Indiana's home-grown automobile companies would close due to the depression with the exception of Studebaker. One that closed was Stutz.