“Workers on the first moving assembly line put together magnetos and flywheels for 1913 Ford autos”

By an unknown photographer, Highland Park, Michigan, 1913

Henry Ford did not invent the moving assembly line, but he did perfect it. Ford organized automobile-making around an orderly production process, delivered work to the worker continuously, and broke tasks into their smallest component parts. His innovation spread throughout the economy, transforming the manufacturing process and the worker’s role in it.

National Archives, Records of the U.S. Information Agency (306-PSE-73-1534)