Martin’s cache of memories from his 35-year stint at Ford

Over the course of 35 years working for Ford in Cork, Martin G. Browne amassed a wealth of memorabilia.

Ford staff congregating to mark the 75th anniversary of Ford Motor Company in 1978.

His son, Ger Browne, has inherited his vast stockpile of photographs, newspaper articles, brochures, and booklets — 600 in all — and shares a few of them on this page.

Martin was born in 1919 and lived in Maynooth. After leaving school, he gained a diploma in agriculture from Dublin University in 1941 and then worked as a farmer during the Emergency.

In 1946, he got a job for Ford in Dagenham as a Trainee Tractor Zone manager and moved to the Cork plant the following year.

Martin spent 25 years in the tractor section, training farmers how to use the Fordson tractors, before becoming Marketing Manager of Henry Ford & Son in 1970.

Ger recalls: “My father used to train salesmen at Actons Hotel in Kinsale in the 1970s.

“He was the quintessential Ford man. His life was Fords. He was always away at conferences, meetings, shows, launches, etc, especially abroad. He loved his job.”

Martin, who lived in Douglas, retired from Ford in 1981 and died in 1999.

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