Mike Karwowski collection of Budd Company photographs
Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library
PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
Finding aid prepared by Laurie Rizzo, 2013,
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The Budd Company began in Philadelphia as the Edward G. Budd Manufacturing Company specializing in the manufacturing of all-steel body automobiles. Motor vehicle design and manufacturing pioneer, Edward Gowen Budd (1870-1946) meet engineer, Joseph Ledwinka (1869-1949) while working at the Hale & Kilbum Manufacturing Company. In 1912, Budd and Ledwinka left Hale & Kilbum Manufacting Company to establish their own company. Ledwinka is credited with having designed several automobiles including the Ruxton, the Citroen Traction Avant (TA), as well as patented various features such as brake mechanisms, vehicle frames, pressed-metal doors as well as many others.
This collection contains two enlarged reproduction black and white photographs (24"x36"). Both photographs were taken at the Hunting Park plant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One is of the drafting room showing several unidentified men working with Joseph Ledwinka, dated 1916. The second photograph shows the Budd Band, an all employee band sitting with their instruments in a float, followed by a second float with Budd products, specifically wheels and an all-steel body. There are some women on the second float and some onlookers that can be seen in between the two floats, as well as people leaning out the windows of the factory above. The photograph is dated 1919.
The pictures are arranged in chronological order.