American Road Marketing and Publicity Photographs Series

Biographical / Historical Note

Archivists at Ford Motor Company Archives received numbers of requests for images relating to the history of the Ford Motor Company and the history of the automobile in general. This sometimes led to the creation of artificial (rather than archival) collections....

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Archivists at Ford Motor Company Archives received numbers of requests for images relating to the history of the Ford Motor Company and the history of the automobile in general. This sometimes led to the creation of artificial (rather than archival) collections. An example is a set of photographs called American Road that was created primarily as a resource to help staff answer requests for historical photographs that fell under the heading "something about roads." As a compilation, it was intended to cover the general and often vague needs for illustrations depicting Ford Motor Company's place in the development of transportation and travel in America.

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Scope and Content Note

Although entitled American Road, the series is comprised primarily of visual documentation of Ford vehicles in the early 1900s, with additional, although fewer, images into the 1960s. In addition, a number of folders include images of transportation modes...

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Although entitled American Road, the series is comprised primarily of visual documentation of Ford vehicles in the early 1900s, with additional, although fewer, images into the 1960s. In addition, a number of folders include images of transportation modes before the automobile became prominent. The series is arranged alphabetically by subject. Topics include early roads, road construction, driving conditions, bridges, various utilizations of the Model T, women drivers, railroads, cityscapes, streetscapes, landscapes, and an occasional portrait. Most of the images, but not all, remain in the original format (prints and/or negatives) in various photograph collections held by The Henry Ford. Researchers should note that some images that were originally part of this series were integrated into the Photographic Prints Vertical File, Accession 1660, under the subject term Automobiles, Contemporary.

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Collection Details

Object ID: 64.167.1859.0
Creator: Ford Motor Company. Archives 
Inclusive Dates: 1903-1964
Size: 1.2 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Not Currently On Exhibit

Access Restrictions: The series is open for research. Access to negatives requires permission of curator.

Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Digitized Artifacts From This Collection

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Fixing the Tire on an REO Automobile, 1900-1909

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Fixing the Tire on an REO Automobile, 1900-1909

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Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

1912

Summary

Numerous tire blowouts plagued motorists on the poor roads of the early 20th century. The man in this photograph is either removing a tire for repair or replacing an already repaired tire. The REO Motor Car Company was a Lansing, Michigan-based company that began producing cars in 1905.

Object ID

P.188.27334

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Fixing the Tire on an REO Automobile, 1900-1909

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Windmills in Eckartsberga, Germany, circa 1935

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Windmills in Eckartsberga, Germany, circa 1935

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

In 1913, Henry Ford established Ford Motor Company's photographic department. Though few internal records describe company photography, remaining photographs reveal a wide range of departmental activity. Over nearly 100 years, Ford photographers documented company ventures, personal affairs, and daily life around the world. This photograph shows a couple of windmills near a dirt road in an unidentified location.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

64.167.1859.77

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Windmills in Eckartsberga, Germany, circa 1935

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The Waterfront of Seattle, Washington, 1902

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The Waterfront of Seattle, Washington, 1902

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

For nearly thirty years, 1895 to 1924, the Detroit Publishing Company was one of the major image publishers in the world. The company had a wide-ranging stock of original photographs, including many scenes from across North America. This image shows steamboats and piers at the seaport city of Seattle, Washington.

Object ID

P.O.3901

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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The Waterfront of Seattle, Washington, 1902

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Sketch of circa 1840 Wagon Train Heading for Fort Bridges, Wyoming

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Sketch of circa 1840 Wagon Train Heading for Fort Bridges, Wyoming

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Artifact

Photographic print

Object ID

P.O.3935

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Sketch of circa 1840 Wagon Train Heading for Fort Bridges, Wyoming

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Sightseeing in Open Tourist Carriages, circa 1900

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Sightseeing in Open Tourist Carriages, circa 1900

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Around the turn of the twentieth century, thousands of Americans planned sightseeing vacations. They set aside time to simply look at things, often booking tours that transported them into foreign landscapes. Perched atop these horse-drawn carriages, sightseers could absorb their surroundings and transcend the commonplace realities of their lives back home.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.188.2.H

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Sightseeing in Open Tourist Carriages, circa 1900

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Loaded Wagon on a City Street, circa 1895

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Loaded Wagon on a City Street, circa 1895

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Before automobiles became practical, America relied on horses and horse-drawn vehicles to move people, freight, money, and information to places railroads and waterways didn't go. This photograph shows a team of working horses hitched to a loaded wagon.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.188.2.J

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Loaded Wagon on a City Street, circa 1895

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Farmer on a Loaded Wagon outside Barn, circa 1925

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Farmer on a Loaded Wagon outside Barn, circa 1925

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Farm wagons were all-purpose horse-drawn vehicles that could carry crops from the field to the barn or to market. This model -- with an open body and no driver's seat -- was simple, but handy. It readily hauled this load of bagged seed or grain.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.O.19229

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Farmer on a Loaded Wagon outside Barn, circa 1925

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Horse and Wagon on Muddy Country Road, circa 1900

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Horse and Wagon on Muddy Country Road, circa 1900

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Artifact

Photographic print

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.O.3063

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Horse and Wagon on Muddy Country Road, circa 1900

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Camel Pack Train Crossing a Stream on a Stone Road, 1934

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Camel Pack Train Crossing a Stream on a Stone Road, 1934

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

"Roads of the World" was part of the Ford Rotunda in Dearborn, Michigan. Visitors rode new Ford vehicles through reproductions of famous roadways from around the world. Ford spent $176,000 landscaping the attraction into historic and modern sections. To ensure a realistic, immersive experience, crews used reference photographs--like this one--to recreate the 19 "Roads of the World."

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.188.10307

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Camel Pack Train Crossing a Stream on a Stone Road, 1934

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