13 vintage photos of the auto industry during America’s first auto boom



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Henry Ford’s Model T automobile created an auto boom in the US from the early 1900s. 
There were less than 200,000 cars on the street before Ford released the Model T.
At its peak, the Model T cost only $575, which was less than the average annual salary for many Americans.
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Before there were Elon Musk and Tesla, there were Henry Ford and the Model T. And between Tesla’s state-of-the-art cars and the rise of self-driving vehicles, it’s difficult to remember how far we have come since the first-ever cars developed in Europe in the late 1800s.

When Henry Ford built the first Model T, especially, in 1908, he sparked an automotive movement across the US, the effects of which we are feeling today.  

Here are 13 photos of the Model T era, which revolutionized driving in America.

Although the first car was developed in Europe, the US came to dominate the industry in the early 1900s. Henry Ford was in the forefront when he implemented the assembly line.
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At the start of the 20th century, Henry Ford implemented the assembly line in his mill, which enabled one person to work on a single task repetitively and then pass off the product to another person to complete a different task. The revolutionary manufacturing model helped Ford introduce the Model T in 1908

He began the assembly line in the famous Ford factory in Detroit, Michigan.
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It took 84 steps to create a Model T from the Ford factory.

Since each worker only had to concentrate in one step of the car-making process, Ford was able to hire unskilled workers with no background in the automotive industry.
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Feeling the danger of competition, Ford paid his employees above normal rates since he did not want them going to other factories to locate work. 

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