Birdcages, Bathtubs & Chevrolet

Birdcages, Bathtubs & Chevrolet

David Buick was a sharp minded inventor but a very poor

Legend of the Buick

Buick’s chief engineer, Walter Marr and Thomas D. Buick, son of David Buick. Photo courtesy GM archives.

businessman. Aside from the automobile that carried his name, Buick was essentially the father of the modern bathtub as he is the fellow who developed the method of affixing porcelain to cast iron. Resultant of numerous failed endeavors he died impoverished and largely forgotten.

Buick was not the only automotive company to evolve from unrelated endeavors. The Goodwin Car & Manufacturing Company of Poughkeepsie, New York started as a manufacturer of railroad dump cars. The Welch manufactured in Chelsea, Michigan began life as the Chelsea Manufacturing Company that produced small metal novelties and souvenirs. The company behind the legendary Pierce-Arrow, a luxury car known throughout the world for its hand built attention to detail began as the Heintz, Pierce & Munschauer, a leading manufacturer of birdcages, ice boxes, and other household items.  (more…)