Studebaker Packard Corporation, Michigan 1950s

Studebaker Packard Corporation, Michigan 1950s

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Studebaker Packard Corporation, Michigan 1950s

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These certificates were issued as a result of the merger of Studebaker and Packard which took place in 1954 to compete with General Motors and Ford. The Studebaker brothers made the determined march from village blacksmith to industrial giant. In 1852 Henry and Clem Studebaker opened a blacksmith shop in South Bend, Indiana. By the Civil War the shop was supplying wagons to the U.S. Army. In 1868 four of the brothers established the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company. Despite setbacks, the Company grew to be the largest wagon factory in the world, delivering on its motto, "Always give more than you promise." As the 20th Century dawned, Studebaker began building both electric and gasoline powered automobiles. After supplying wagons for the Allies during World War I, Studebaker put all its resources into automotive manufacturing. From the 1920s until its closing in 1966, Studebaker Automotive was a leader in styling and engineering. Many of the famous designs that rolled off the South Bend assembly lines are now an important part of our country's automotive history. The legacy lives on Studebaker was the only company to span the time from settlers' wagons to high performance automobiles.

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