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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Stone Walkway or Plaza, circa 1930

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Stone Walkway or Plaza, circa 1930

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

"Roads of the World" was part of the Ford Building at Chicago's 1933-1934 Century of Progress Exposition. Visitors to this attraction rode new Ford vehicles through reproductions of historic and modern roadways. To construct a realistic, immersive experience, crews used reference photographs -- like this one -- to recreate sections of 21 different "Roads of the World."

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.188.10309

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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Stone Walkway or Plaza, circa 1930

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Two Historic South American Roads, circa 1930

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Two Historic South American Roads, circa 1930

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

"Roads of the Pacific" was part of the Ford Exhibit, the most popular attraction at the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. Visitors rode in brand new Ford V-8s over 14 reproductions of famous roads. Crews used reference photographs to construct a realistic, immersive visitor experience. These images helped them recreate part of the Inca Road, which spanned the South American Andes.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.189.11561

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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Two Historic South American Roads, circa 1930

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Travel in South America: Visiting a Sugar Cane Plant and Driving in the Mountains, South America, circa 1930

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Travel in South America: Visiting a Sugar Cane Plant and Driving in the Mountains, South America, circa 1930

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

"Roads of the Pacific" was part of the Ford Exhibit, the most popular attraction at the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. Visitors rode in brand new Ford V-8s over 14 reproductions of famous roads. Crews used reference photographs to construct a realistic, immersive visitor experience. These images helped them recreate part of the Inca Road, which spanned the South American Andes.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.189.11566

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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Travel in South America: Visiting a Sugar Cane Plant and Driving in the Mountains, South America, circa 1930

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Horse Walking Down Slope, South America, circa 1930

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Horse Walking Down Slope, South America, circa 1930

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

"Roads of the Pacific" was part of the Ford Exhibit, the most popular attraction at the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. Visitors rode in brand new Ford V-8s over 14 reproductions of famous roads. Crews used reference photographs to construct a realistic, immersive visitor experience. This image helped them recreate part of the Inca Road, which spanned the South American Andes.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.189.11570

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 Walking Down Slope, South America, circa 1930

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"Glimpse of the Royal Road of the Incas, Peru," circa 1930

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"Glimpse of the Royal Road of the Incas, Peru," circa 1930

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

"Roads of the Pacific" was part of the Ford Exhibit, the most popular attraction at the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. Visitors rode in brand new Ford V-8s over 14 reproductions of famous roads. Crews used reference photographs to construct a realistic, immersive visitor experience. This image helped them recreate part of the Inca Road, which spanned the South American Andes.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.189.11606

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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"Glimpse of the Royal Road of the Incas, Peru," circa 1930

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"Toll Gate, Turnpike Movements, Telford Road System, McAdam Road System"

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"Toll Gate, Turnpike Movements, Telford Road System, McAdam Road System"

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

In the 19th century, road improvements in the United States tended to be private efforts financed by investors and supported by tolls. This illustration shows two methods of road construction. The Telford system used a base layer of stone blocks and an upper layer of smaller interlocking stones to support the road surface. Macadam (or McAdam) roads eliminated the stone-block foundation.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.O.3809

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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"Toll Gate, Turnpike Movements, Telford Road System, McAdam Road System"

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Pike's Peak Toll Road, Colorado, circa 1890

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Pike's Peak Toll Road, Colorado, circa 1890

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Pikes Peak - near Colorado Springs in the Colorado Rocky Mountains - drew many tourists in the late nineteenth century. By 1890, the Cascade and Pikes Peak Toll Road Company had opened a rough passage up the mountain. During their long ascent, paying sightseers in mule-drawn carriages passed this closed U.S. Army Signal Corps weather observatory station.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.O.4254

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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Pike's Peak Toll Road, Colorado, circa 1890

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Illustrations of River Crossing Methods, 1800-1850

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Illustrations of River Crossing Methods, 1800-1850

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Artifact

Photographic print

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.O.3806

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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Illustrations of River Crossing Methods, 1800-1850

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