Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Buick From the Air

 A 1910 postcard of the Buick plant.

Gerry Godin has a fascinating and well-researched compendium of Buick aerial photographs encompassing more than a century on his All Things Buick blog. The photos function as a timeline of Flint's economic fortunes, illustrating the rise and fall of the auto industry in the city.

The Buick factory complex in 1985.

All Things Buick didn't include this more recent shot by Gerry Godin of an old entrance to the Buick site, but it sums up the demise of the auto industry in Flint.

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