Elmer G. Biechler house photograph   Save
Elmer G. Biechler house photograph
Description: Reverse reads: "Montgomery Co. Dayton,O. Jan.1938 Residence E. G. Biechler 1001 Harmon Ave. Oakwood. OFFICE COPY. FOR OFFICE FILE ONLY DO NOT REMOVE" This house still stands at the listed address, but the street is named "Harman Avenue." This photograph shows the residence of Elmer G. Biechler, former president of the Frigidaire Corporation. Originally called the Guardian Refrigerator Company, W.C. Durant purchased the company in 1918, then president of General Motors, and changed the name to Frigidaire. Frigidaire refrigerators were made in Detroit, Michigan, until the company moved to Dayton, Ohio, in 1921. The company became a subsidiary of General Motors in 1926 when Biechler became president and general manager of Frigidaire. This photograph is one of the many visual materials collected for use in the Ohio Guide. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration by executive order to create jobs for the large numbers of unemployed laborers, as well as artists, musicians, actors, and writers. The Federal Arts Program, a sector of the Works Progress Administration, included the Federal Writers’ Project, one of the primary goals of which was to complete the America Guide series, a series of guidebooks for each state which included state history, art, architecture, music, literature, and points of interest to the major cities and tours throughout the state. Work on the Ohio Guide began in 1935 with the publication of several pamphlets and brochures. The Reorganization Act of 1939 consolidated the Works Progress Administration and other agencies into the Federal Works Administration, and the Federal Writers’ Project became the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio. The final product was published in 1940 and went through several editions. The Ohio Guide Collection consists of 4,769 photographs collected for use in Ohio Guide and other publications of the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio from 1935-1939. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: SA1039AV_B09F08_005_1
Subjects: Architecture; Dayton (Ohio); Housing; Ohio--History--Pictorial works; Federal Writers' Project
Places: Dayton (Ohio); Montgomery County (Ohio)