National Geographic : 1942 May
OldHands THERE is a new look of grim satisfac tion on the faces of many a veteran Buick worker these days. There is the look of the seasoned in fantryman who, having patiently waited while advance forces engaged in all the early skirmishing, at last gets the march ing orders that let him move up front. You didn't have to tell these old Buick hands why the whole Buick factory hadn't been called to action before. They knew with the practical experience of men who work with their hands that, even if you had the orders, you can't stamp tanks out of automobile sheet metal, or machine rapid-fire cannon with the same tools and methods that make car assembly lines tick. They knew that new methods had to be established, tried and tested - that new machines and fixtures had to be designed and built - that even such fine skills as their own had to be refreshed, redirected, reapplied. They knew that normally this would take years - it took more than a year, didn't it, to "make ready" even a new car model? a new Jobs So they noted with appreciative approval as new plants went up, new techniques were established and new skills de veloped in a matter of weeks. They were assured that their chance would come months ago, when fellow workers in the same plants began to take on first one wartime job, then another. Their chance did come, and now they're making the most of it. The job of change-over was handled, and like reservists called up, these quality wise veterans went into action. Old hands at the fine, precise, on-the button work modern war equipment calls for, they relish their opportunity to prove that when Uncle Sam needs better war goods, Buick men can build them. So there's new buoyance in their stride as these veteran craftsmen march to work. There's grim purpose in their intentness as they guide their planers and lathes. For these old hands and Buick are all-out on new jobs to help win total victory. WHEN BETTER A' .sILES ARE BUILT BUICK WILL BUILD THEM "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."