Auto Campers with Ford Model T Touring Car and Tent, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, circa 1919

Summary

During the late teens and 1920s, hordes of middle-class motorists were answering the call of the open road. But overnight lodgings were hard to find, so many people packed a tent, cots, and food, and enjoyed the freedom of autocamping. Setting up camp for the night provided the opportunity to make much-needed repairs before heading out the next day.

During the late teens and 1920s, hordes of middle-class motorists were answering the call of the open road. But overnight lodgings were hard to find, so many people packed a tent, cots, and food, and enjoyed the freedom of autocamping. Setting up camp for the night provided the opportunity to make much-needed repairs before heading out the next day.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

circa 1919

Subject Date

circa 1919

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

97.13.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ronald Koenig.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process
Toning (Photography)

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 3.875 in

Width: 6.125 in

Inscriptions

Handwritten in ink on back: Ceder (sic) Rapids Iowa

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