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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Auto Parade, Plasterer's Union Number 167, El Paso, Texas, circa 1913

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Auto Parade, Plasterer's Union Number 167, El Paso, Texas, circa 1913

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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. Ford photographers collected images and created new photographs, documenting -- among many other things -- how people incorporated automobiles into their lives. A Texas plasterer's union employed these early cars in a celebratory parade.

Creators

Aultman 

Object ID

P.188.15734

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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Auto Parade, Plasterer's Union Number 167, El Paso, Texas, circa 1913

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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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Steamboat "Walk-in-the-Water," near Cass and Jones Farms on the Detroit River, Michigan, 1819

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Steamboat "Walk-in-the-Water," near Cass and Jones Farms on the Detroit River, Michigan, 1819

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

When she arrived freshly-built in 1818, the steamboat Walk-in-the-Water was met by a crowd of cheering Detroiters. The early steamer made biweekly round trips, carrying up to 100 passengers between Detroit and Buffalo, New York. At eighteen dollars, one-way tickets were pricey. But steamboat travel was convenient, and Walk-in-the-Water remained popular until a storm wrecked her near Buffalo in 1821.

Creators

Sumner, C.W. 

Object ID

P.O.3801.A

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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Steamboat "Walk-in-the-Water," near Cass and Jones Farms on the Detroit River, Michigan, 1819

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Sketch Showing a Covered Wagon during Westward Migration. circa 1830

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Sketch Showing a Covered Wagon during Westward Migration. circa 1830

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Artifact

Photographic print

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.O.3811

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 Showing a Covered Wagon during Westward Migration. circa 1830

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Photograph of a circa 1840 Sketch, "Descending the Blue Mountains to the Columbia River"

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Photograph of a circa 1840 Sketch, "Descending the Blue Mountains to the Columbia River"

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Artifact

Photographic print

Object ID

64.167.1859.75

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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Photograph of a circa 1840 Sketch, "Descending the Blue Mountains to the Columbia River"

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Sketch Showing a Buffalo Hunt, circa 1840, on the Platte River near Fort Kearney, Nebraska

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Sketch Showing a Buffalo Hunt, circa 1840, on the Platte River near Fort Kearney, Nebraska

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Artifact

Photographic print

Object ID

P.O.3934

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 Showing a Buffalo Hunt, circa 1840, on the Platte River near Fort Kearney, Nebraska

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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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Photograph of a Lithograph, "White Bear Lake," circa 1840

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Photograph of a Lithograph, "White Bear Lake," circa 1840

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Artifact

Photographic print

Object ID

P.O.3818

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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Photograph of a Lithograph, "White Bear Lake," circa 1840

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Sketch of circa 1840 Wagon Train at Independence Rock, Sweetwater River and Devil's Rock, Wyoming

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Sketch of circa 1840 Wagon Train at Independence Rock, Sweetwater River and Devil's Rock, Wyoming

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Artifact

Photographic print

Object ID

P.O.4171

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 at Independence Rock, Sweetwater River and Devil's Rock, Wyoming

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