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Don’t Mention the Bailout

3 October, 2011

This 1926 advertisement for General Motors boasts not of the speed, comfort and craft of their Automobiles, but of their increasing employment numbers.  Do you think they ran an updated advertisement in 1930?

To the trained eye, the machinery in the background no doubt portrays the vast  modernisation of GM factories from 1909-1925.   What the Author notices is the unimpressive improvement in the Auto industry’s hand tools.  Also, the GM Arm of Labor still has a disproportionately muscular forearm.

General MotorsCasual research has uncovered that GM employed 349,000 in the 1980s and that today, GM counts 209,000 in its ranks.  

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    5 October, 2011 2:37 am

    “Casual research has uncovered that GM employed 349,000 in the 1980s and that today, GM counts 209,000 in its ranks. ” I guess there will be no full page adds trumpeting that statistic. At least it beats 1925. I like the artwork, and 1925 did boast a new tool – a caliper.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    5 October, 2011 2:38 am

    Hey! I’m not “Anonymous”……….I’m Dadork!

  3. 5 October, 2011 10:12 pm

    I knew I could count on Dadork to identify the tool! Is the pincher-like object the caliper?

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