Surrounded by a field of trees are the eerie, crumbling ruins from a Colonial-era factory. The furnace is made of brick with ivory growing along its sides, and its chimney still remains intact even after so many years have passed. The ruins are completely enveloped by trees and shrubs, some of which have lost their leaves and add to the aura of mystery as their thin, scrawny branches reach out in every direction.
Factories greatly transformed American society by increasing the speed of production. One of the greatest contributors to the modern factory system was Henry Ford and his assembly line in 1913. Ford had dreamed of designing a car that could be purchased by the majority of society, and he realized that the easiest way to do this was to efficiently create a large number of cars, which would lower their value. He was able to achieve his dream by designing the assembly line: Ford divided the process of building a car into 84 steps, with each worker specializing in one specific step. Greatly aided by technology, Ford succeeded with his creation of the "Model T" automobile: the amount of time to build a car had been shortened from over 12 hours to just 2 and a half.
changed human societies as it sped up production of different things that people consume. Before the industrial revolution, most goods are created by individuals that take a lot of time. Then, when the industrial revolution happened during the late 1700s, the concept of the assembly line was introduced. People have specific tasks in creating a product. This drastically improved the way production works.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester, MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.