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.
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Benson Ford Research Center

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.

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1924 Ford Model T outside Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey, circa 1924-1940

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1924 Ford Model T outside Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey, circa 1924-1940

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Drivers around the world went crazy for Ford's Model T. The affordable, quality cars were built and bought on every continent except Antarctica. This 1924 model was photographed in front of the historic Sultan Ahmed -- popularly called "Blue" for its decorative tiling -- Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

40.609.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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1924 Ford Model T outside Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey, circa 1924-1940

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19th Century Illustration Showing a Path through a Primeval Forest

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19th Century Illustration Showing a Path through a Primeval Forest

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

This sketch illustrates the often densely forested 19th-century American interior. Such trails could hardly accommodate a horse and rider, yet alone horse-drawn vehicles. The construction of practical transportation routes - roads, canals, and railroads - would be an immense undertaking in the United States throughout the 1800s.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.O.3810

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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19th Century Illustration Showing a Path through a Primeval Forest

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42nd Street at Fifth Avenue, New York City, circa 1910

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42nd Street at Fifth Avenue, New York City, circa 1910

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

From 1895 to 1924, the Detroit Publishing Company was one of the world's major image publishers. It had a wide-ranging stock of original photographs, including this image of New York City. On this busy, brisk day, pedestrians wear heavy coats and hats.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.O.3682

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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42nd Street at Fifth Avenue, New York City, circa 1910

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5th Avenue, New York City, 1908

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5th Avenue, New York City, 1908

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

This Detroit Publishing Company photograph shows a busy day in downtown New York City. As one of the world's major image publishers from 1895 to 1924, the Detroit Publishing Company had a wide-ranging stock of original photographs, including many scenes from across North America.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.O.3902

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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5th Avenue, New York City, 1908

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"A Bit of the Rouge River," Michigan, circa 1910

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"A Bit of the Rouge River," Michigan, circa 1910

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

This photograph shows a section of Metro Detroit's River Rouge in 1910, around the time Henry Ford selected it as the site for a new factory. To accommodate large ships that would bring in raw materials or take finished product for delivery from the Ford Rouge plant, the lower part of the river had to be channelized, widened, and dredged.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

64.167.1859.22

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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"A Bit of the Rouge River," Michigan, circa 1910

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"A Home in the Wilderness" (Photograph of a Lithograph), circa 1870

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"A Home in the Wilderness" (Photograph of a Lithograph), circa 1870

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Artifact

Photographic print

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.O.3812

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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"A Home in the Wilderness" (Photograph of a Lithograph), circa 1870

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"A Problem for the Good Roads Commission," 1902

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"A Problem for the Good Roads Commission," 1902

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

"A problem for the Good Roads Commission" was the original caption for this photo from about 1902. This barely passable road was never intended for automobiles.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.O.2833

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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"A Problem for the Good Roads Commission," 1902

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Along the Appian Way, Italy, circa 1950

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Along the Appian Way, Italy, circa 1950

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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, taken from an automobile, captured people and ruins along an ancient Roman road in Italy.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

64.167.1859.18

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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Along the Appian Way, Italy, circa 1950

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Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France, circa 1950

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Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France, circa 1950

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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 automobiles near the Arc de Triomphe, a famous military monument in Paris.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

64.167.1859.98

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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Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France, circa 1950

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