Photographic Vertical File Series


Scope and Content Note

This assembled collection consists of the most often used images relating to Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company. Started in the 1950s, these photoprints were gathered from larger photograph accessions (particularly Accessions 188, 189 and 833) and from...

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This assembled collection consists of the most often used images relating to Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company. Started in the 1950s, these photoprints were gathered from larger photograph accessions (particularly Accessions 188, 189 and 833) and from miscellaneous sources. In many ways this collection forms a synopsis of the larger Henry Ford / Ford Motor Company photographic accessions. This file contains vintage as well as copy photoprints.

Topics covered include an encyclopedic range of subjects concerning Henry Ford and his family from 1890 to 1955; a broad selection of Ford Motor Company products, buildings, activities, and subsidiaries from 1903 to 1955; and a sampling of automotive industry images other than Ford Motor Company (for views of automobiles other than Ford products see Accession 1671). This collection reflects Henry Ford's wide interests, and includes images of famous people such as actors, authors, kings, and scientists as well as his personal friends, John Burroughs, Harvey Firestone, and George Washington Carver (for Thomas Edison images see also Accession 1630). Henry Ford's interest in historic preservation at Botsford Inn and Wayside Inn also is covered (for images of Henry Ford Museum AND Greenfield Village see also Accession EI 1929).

Some cities and towns are documented in this collection, particularly where Henry Ford's Village Industries, farms and homes were located and the sites of Ford Motor Company plants and branches. Michigan is particularly well represented because of the company headquarters in Detroit and Dearborn. Reflecting the activity of the Ford Archives in the 1950s many views of automobiles on city streets, country roads, and camping from the early decades of this century are part of this collection, gathered for Ford Motor Company's 50th anniversary advertising campaign, "The American Road."

Additional topics include automobile exhibitions, Stout and Ford Tri-Motor airplanes, Ford Tractors and World War I and II defense production. Copy photoprints of graphics such as company advertisements and documents are also in the collection (for the original artifacts see Accession 19 for advertisements, and Accession 1, Accession 62, Accession 285, and other manuscript collections for the documents).

The original subject arrangement was based on an idiosyncratic set of subject headings developed for use with the Ford manuscript collections. Beginning in 1986, the subject terms were changed to reflect Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division standards for subject arrangement. In 1987, a large portion of the photoprints in this collection was cataloged in The Henry Ford's collection management system with a concomitant videodisc made of the images.

The accession was previously known as the Archives Print Collection, the Reference Photofile, the Aircraft Subject Boxes, the Automotive Addendum, and the A Series Prints by Subject.

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Collection Details

Object ID: 84.1.1660.0
Creator: Ford Motor Company. Archives 
Creator Notes: Created by Ford Motor Company Archives
Inclusive Dates: 1890-1980
Size: 53.33 linear ft.
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Benson Ford Research Center

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

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

Keywords

United States, Georgia, Richmond Hill 

United States, Michigan, Dearborn 

United States, Michigan, Detroit 

United States, Michigan, Charter Township of Ypsilanti 

United States, Michigan, Charter Township of Van Buren 

Aerial photographs 

Photographs 

Cityscapes 

Landscapes (Representations) 

Streetscapes 

Photographic prints 

Automobile industry 

Automobile industry workers 

Automobile racing drivers 

Assembly-line methods 

Automobile factories 

Racing cars 

Automobile racing 

Ford automobile 

Ford Model T automobile 

Lincoln automobile 

Mercury automobile 

Rubber industry and trade 

Tractors 

Trucks 

Camping 

Power plants 

Aircraft industry 

Airplanes 

Advertising 

Peace movement 

Military vehicles 

Women 

World War, 1914-1918 

World War, 1939-1945 

Ford Airport (Dearborn, Mich.) 

Transcontinental journeys 

Carriages (Vehicles) 

Actors and actresses 

Air pilots 

Airports 

Air shows 

Authors 

Automobiles 

Buses 

Exhibitions (Events) 

Hotels (Public accommodations) 

Taverns 

Kings and rulers 

Queens 

Politicians 

Politics 

Presidents 

Railroads 

Cars 

Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 

Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950 

Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943 

Ford, Eleanor Clay, 1896-1976 

Ford, Henry, II, 1917-1987 

Ford family 

Bryant family 

Litogot family 

Burroughs, John, 1837-1921 

Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943 

Disney, Walt, 1901-1966 

Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 

Firestone family 

Firestone, Harvey Samuel, 1868-1938 

Wayside Inn (Sudbury, Mass.) 

Digitized Artifacts From This Collection

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Automobile Racing--General, 1900-1909--Item 1

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Automobile Racing--General, 1900-1909--Item 1

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Artifact

Photographic print

Object ID

84.1.1660.1

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Automobile Racing--General, 1900-1909--Item 1

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Automobile Racing--Indianapolis, 1911--Item 1

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Automobile Racing--Indianapolis, 1911--Item 1

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened in 1909 with multiple races each season. In 1911 track promoters decided instead to host just one spectacular event each Memorial Day. The inaugural Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, with its $27,500 in prizes, drew 40 qualifying cars and 80,000 spectators. Ray Harroun carried the day with his yellow Marmon Wasp, and the Indianapolis 500 became an American institution.

Object ID

P.O.2702

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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Automobile Racing--Indianapolis, 1911--Item 1

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Automobile Racing--General, 1910-1919--Item 1

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Automobile Racing--General, 1910-1919--Item 1

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Artifact

Photographic print

Object ID

84.1.1660.15

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Automobile Racing--General, 1910-1919--Item 1

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Ford Flivver Airplane #1 at Ford Airport, April 12, 1927

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Ford Flivver Airplane #1 at Ford Airport, April 12, 1927

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

This is Ford's Flivver #1, a quick, highly maneuverable plane that created a media buzz when it was demonstrated at the 1926 Ford Reliability Tour. The press called the single-seat plane the "Model T of the air," but it was purely experimental. Ford would never mass produce the Flivver.

Object ID

P.189.4238

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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Ford Flivver Airplane #1 at Ford Airport, April 12, 1927

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Will Rogers in Ford Flivver Airplane #1, 1927

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Will Rogers in Ford Flivver Airplane #1, 1927

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Popular humorist Will Rogers poses in a Ford Flivver airplane in 1927. The Flivver was Henry Ford's unsuccessful attempt to build a "Model T for the sky," a simple and affordable plane that anyone could fly. Rogers, along with aviator Wiley Post, died in an unrelated 1935 airplane crash in Alaska.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

84.1.1660.P.O.1228

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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Will Rogers in Ford Flivver Airplane #1, 1927

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Charles Lindbergh with Curtiss P-1 B Airplane at Ford Airport, August 1927

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Charles Lindbergh with Curtiss P-1 B Airplane at Ford Airport, August 1927

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

In August of 1927, pilot Charles Lindbergh flew his Spirit of St. Louis to Dearborn, Michigan. The pair had become famous just months earlier for completing the first non-stop New York to Paris flight. Lindbergh posed in front of a Curtiss airplane at Ford Airport as part of the celebration during his visit.

Object ID

P.189.4594

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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Charles Lindbergh with Curtiss P-1 B Airplane at Ford Airport, August 1927

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Alexander Winton in the Bullet 1" Racer, Ormond Beach, Florida, March 1902

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Alexander Winton in the Bullet 1" Racer, Ormond Beach, Florida, March 1902

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Automotive industry pioneer Alexander Winton promoted his Winton Motor Carriage Company with a series of sleek race cars he named "Bullet." Winton, who drove the 1902 "Bullet 1" himself, set records and made headlines in the United States and Europe. "Bullet 1" was capable of 70 miles per hour or more on a straightaway.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

84.1.1660.44

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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Alexander Winton in the Bullet 1" Racer, Ormond Beach, Florida, March 1902

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Ford Motor Company Executives at Launching of Freighter M.S. Henry Ford II, March 1, 1924

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Ford Motor Company Executives at Launching of Freighter M.S. Henry Ford II, March 1, 1924

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Artifact

Photographic print

Object ID

84.1.1660.P.833.36786

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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Ford Motor Company Executives at Launching of Freighter M.S. Henry Ford II, March 1, 1924

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William Clay Ford, Age 1, May 1926

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William Clay Ford, Age 1, May 1926

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

William Clay Ford (1925-2014) was Henry Ford's grandson and the youngest of Edsel and Eleanor Clay Ford's four children. He is shown here at age one, probably at his grandfather Henry Ford's boyhood home in Dearborn.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

P.O.13143

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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William Clay Ford, Age 1, May 1926

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