1927 film from Stockholm Free Port

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2014: 1927 film from Stockholm Free Port
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 07:13 am:

http://www.filmarkivet.se/sv/Film/?movieid=80

Stockholm Free Port was a free trade area in Sweden from 1919 until Sweden's EU entry in 1995. You didn't have to pay customs on goods until it was brought outside the gates of the harbour into Sweden. This film shows a general view of the harbour area, steam cranes unloading bananas from a boat, harbour workers carrying sacks around and customs personnel inspecting that sacks and tires are weighed properly. The most interesting parts are from 8.39 to 10.12 when a crate with a Hudson coming directly from Detroit is opened and assembled (the wheels are mounted)
Quite a few Ford crates are seen, but not close enough to see if they were coming from the Copenhagen plant or directly from Detroit. Did Ford use their own ships for exports or could the Hudson and the Ford crates have been on the same ship?

No info on the date of this film except 1927 & it's not winter time, so it must be very late in Model T production or even after production was stopped in Detroit?

Fords were still selling well in Sweden - the road conditions were still quite bad - so maybe some hard to sell cars were redirected from the US market to overseas? In the 50's there were such occasions, the rare plexi-roofed 1956 Ford Crown Victoria Skyliners got so hot in the sun so they were hard to sell in most US states, thus a boat load of them landed in Sweden in 1957.

Ok, the rest of the Ford content in this film is from 12.20 to 13.20 showing the storage area for assembled cars. Still a lot of open cars but their popularity were in rapid decline, Model A's were mostly sold as Tudors and Fordors in Sweden.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Will Copeland - Trenton, New Jersey on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 07:35 am:

Wow, Talk about back breaking work! I bet those guys slept very well at night.


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