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Mike Karwowski collection of Budd Company photographs
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Mike Karwowski collection of Budd Company photographs

Accession 2013.207

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Laurie Rizzo, 2013

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-05-08T16:22-0400

Finding aid prepared using best local practices and Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Mike Karwowski collection of Budd Company photographs (Accession 2013.207), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Mike Karwowski collection of Budd Company photographs
Dates: 1916, 1919
Accession Number: 2013.207
Creator: Karwowski, Mike
Extent: 2 items
Physical Description: 2 photographic prints: b&w, 24 x 36 in. Dry mount tape on the back of the photographs.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: 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 Budd Company's drafting room and the second is of the Budd Band float during a parade.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

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.

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Scope and Content

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.

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Arrangement

The pictures are arranged in chronological order.

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Access Points

Drafting-room practice.
Ledwinka, Joseph, 1869-1949
Parade floats.
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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Drawer Folder
AA4 1 Philadelphia plant drafting room, captioned "Drafting room in 1916. In dark coat is Joseph Ledwinka who patented the Budd All Steel Body", 1916; 1 photographic print
Drawer Folder
AA4 1 Budd Band in Philadelphia parade, captioned "The Budd band led a float showing Budd products in 1919", 1919; 1 photographic print