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General Motors: The Year of 1956 By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection
The year 1956 was a very good period for the General Motors Corporation. The late Mr. Harlow Curtice was President and the late Mr. Harley Earl responsible for styling and design of GM vehicles. On a historical note, at this same time, a young man by the name of Elvis Presley was making his way up the music charts and the movie ‘Giant’ featuring Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean became a box office favorite.
Diego Rivera, Famous Muralist of Detroit's Auto Industry By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher Images: Courtesy of Robert Tate's collection
One of the most influential painters and muralists of the twentieth century was the late Mr. Diego Rivera (1886-1957). Born on December 8, 1886 in Guanajuato, Mexico, Diego Rivera’s artistic journey started at the age of ten with the beginning of his extraordinary talent and interest in painting. He studied art at the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts in Mexico City
Remembering the American Rambler 1956 – 57’ By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/ Researcher Images: Courtesy of Robert Tate’s Collection
The American Motor Company was located at 14250 Plymouth Rd. in Detroit, Michigan. During that time, George Romney was President and Chairmen of the Board for corporation. In 1956, American Motors introduced a newly designed Rambler model along with a very popular Cross Country station wagon.
Spotlight on Women of the Maxwell Motor Car Company By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection
In the early years of 1903-1912, the Maxwell-Briscoe Motor Car Company was the starting point for the production and manufacturing of Maxwell Automobiles. On July 4, 1903, with a $3000 backing investment from C. W. Althouse, Briscoe entered into a contract with Maxwell to build and produce a prototype automobile that would compete with other vehicles in the automotive industry. Benjamin Briscoe was born in Detroit on May 24, 1867; he was the son of Joseph A and Sarah Smith Briscoe. Jonathan Maxwell was born on September 3, 1894, in Peru, Indiana. He was a machinist by trade who had worked his way up from many apprentice assignments from his adolescence to journeyman foreman position in 1892, and later became a Master Mechanic in a roundhouse of a western railroad.
Edward Davis, a Pioneer for the Automotive Industry By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/ Researcher Images: Courtesy of Robert Tate's Collection
Many years ago, I had the opportunity to sit down and meet an extraordinary individual who contributed to the automotive industry in so many positive ways. Edward Davis was the reason many families in the community could purchase new automobiles. He also supported many African American families with their transportation needs at a time when it wasn’t easy for them to purchase a vehicle at fair prices. Edward Davis was not only a business man, but he was also a pioneer that created a plethora of job opportunities for many African-Americans.
Concept Car of the 60’s: The Vignale AMX By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/ Researcher Images: Courtesy of The National Automotive History Collection
On February 15, 1968 American Motors Corporation announced details of their new production model, the AMX. It was a racy two-place sports coupe that offered many of the design characteristics of a high-performance sports car. The model was conceived as a unique addition to the expanding field of personal cars for American Motors product line.
Remembering the Legacy of Raymond Loewy, Industrial Designer By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection
Mr. Raymond Loewy, a very gifted and talented designer began his industrial design journey in Paris, France. He was educated at the University of Paris in 1910 and later received his engineering degree in 1918. As his career continued, he would later be known as the “father of industrial design”. His early career was filled with everything from window designs for Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue to becoming a fashion illustrator for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Mr.
How Margaret (Peg) Sauer Inspired the World By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/ Researcher Images: Courtesy of Margaret E. Sauer Portfolio / The Collection of Julie Sabit, archived by Doug Didia
There comes a time in our lives when a special person inspires us in so many different ways that their history should be documented. This is the story of Margaret (Peg) Sauer. The world knew her as one of the famous “Damsels of Design,” a talented young lady from General Motors’ early days of styling.
1959 Cadillac Iconic Symbol of The 1950's By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher Images: Courtesy of Robert Tate's collection
One of the most fascinating car designs of the 1950’s was General Motors’ Cadillac 1959 models. The models were designed under the direction of the late Bill Mitchell, Mr. Chuck Jordan, and Mr. Dave Holls. The 1959 GM line of automobile designs was considered a breakthrough from previous designs of General Motors’ past.
Mr. Alex Buchan: The Gifted Bronze Sculptor
By: Robert Tate
A local Michigan artist, Mr. Alex Buchan, is known as one of the most successful and gifted sculptors in the world. His fascinating bronze sculptured masterpieces have been showcased across the country. His journey began about forty years ago when he started as a sculpture and designer at General Motors Interior Design Studio located in Warren, Michigan. During that time, his responsibilities included the transformation of designer drawings into three-dimensional renderings in clay.