Morgan L. Gies Presidential Vehicles Photographs Collection

Biographical / Historical Note

Morgan Gies, who assembled this collection, was born in 1908. As a young man he served in the Merchant Marine and operated a service station before becoming a member of the United States Secret Service in 1940. Almost immediately he was placed in

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Morgan Gies, who assembled this collection, was born in 1908. As a young man he served in the Merchant Marine and operated a service station before becoming a member of the United States Secret Service in 1940. Almost immediately he was placed in charge of the White House vehicles, a position he held for 27 years serving five presidents. In addition to overseeing the White House fleet, he was often the driver of the presidential vehicle or as the driver of the back up car. He retired in 1967. During his service he contributed to the design of the "bubble top" and conceived a method of rapidly loading and unloading special limousines from railroad cars and later from Air Force cargo planes. When asked if Mr. Gies ever talked about his job, his son said that his father was proud to be a member of the Secret Service but he refused to talk about anything that happened while in the Service.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection is divided into three series. The Photograph Series (74 photographs) consists of photographs of presidential vehicles from 1939 to 1961, with many that feature the then sitting president and other luminaries in the car. Also included...

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The collection is divided into three series. The Photograph Series (74 photographs) consists of photographs of presidential vehicles from 1939 to 1961, with many that feature the then sitting president and other luminaries in the car. Also included are photographs of presidential vehicles being transported by air and sea and photographs of the special access provided by Franklin Roosevelt’s private railcar, the Ferdinand Magellan.

The Ephemera Series includes a press kit and press releases relating to the 1961 Presidential Lincoln.

The Flags Series contains three American flags and two ceremonial flags flown on the front of presidential vehicles: Franklin Delano Roosevelt's (1882-1945) Sunshine Special, Dwight David Eisenhower's (1890-1969) Bubbletop, and John Fitzgerald Kennedy's (1917-1963) 1961 Lincoln. These vehicles are in the collections of The Henry Ford. Other special flags include one for Princess Elizabeth before she was Queen flown on the Bubbletop and a special flag for Pakistan that was flown on the Bubbletop when President Eisenhower visited that country while on an eleven nation trip through Europe, Africa and Asia.

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Collection Details

Object ID: 2011.241.0
Creator: Gies, Morgan L. 
Creator Notes: The collection was assembled by Morgan L. Gies.
Inclusive Dates: 1939-1966
Size: 0.8 cubic ft. and 1 oversize box
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 Edward L. Gies in Memory of Morgan L. Gies.

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Kennedy PT-109 Pin, 1960

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Artifact

Lapel pin

Date Made

1960

Summary

This lapel pin - originally distributed in support of John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign - was gifted to United States Secret Service agent Morgan L. Gies. Agent Gies served five presidents, from 1941 until 1967. During Kennedy's presidency, he was responsible for White House vehicles.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

2011.241.7

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Edward L. Gies in Memory of Morgan L. Gies.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

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Kennedy PT-109 Tie Clasp, 1960

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Kennedy PT-109 Tie Clasp, 1960

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Artifact

Tie clasp

Date Made

1960

Summary

This tie clasp - originally distributed in support of John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign - was gifted to United States Secret Service agent Morgan L. Gies. Agent Gies served five presidents, from 1941 until 1967. During Kennedy's presidency, he was responsible for White House vehicles.

Creators

Jolle 

Object ID

2011.241.6

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Edward L. Gies in Memory of Morgan L. Gies.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Kennedy PT-109 Tie Clasp, 1960

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What is The Henry Ford?

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Loading 1956 Cadillac Presidential Limousine into C-130 Hercules Transport Plane, Andrews Air Force Base, 1964

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Loading 1956 Cadillac Presidential Limousine into C-130 Hercules Transport Plane, Andrews Air Force Base, 1964

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Around 1960, the United States Secret Service began using one of Lockheed's versatile C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to carry presidential vehicles. This was faster and more direct than shipping state cars ahead of the President via rail car or boat -- though loading lengthy automobiles into the plane's cargo compartment was a persistent challenge.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

2011.241.14.59

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Edward L. Gies in Memory of Morgan L. Gies.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Loading 1956 Cadillac Presidential Limousine into C-130 Hercules Transport Plane, Andrews Air Force Base, 1964

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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Loading 1950 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine into Cargo Hold of C-130 Hercules Transport Plane, circa 1960

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Loading 1950 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine into Cargo Hold of C-130 Hercules Transport Plane, circa 1960

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Around 1960, the United States Secret Service began using one of Lockheed's versatile C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to carry presidential vehicles. This was faster and more direct than shipping state cars ahead of the President via rail car or boat -- though loading lengthy automobiles into the plane's cargo compartment was a persistent challenge.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

2011.241.14.66

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Edward L. Gies in Memory of Morgan L. Gies.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Loading 1950 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine into Cargo Hold of C-130 Hercules Transport Plane, circa 1960

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What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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Loading 1964 Cadillac Presidential Limousine into C-130 Hercules Transport Plane, Andrews Air Force Base, 1964

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Loading 1964 Cadillac Presidential Limousine into C-130 Hercules Transport Plane, Andrews Air Force Base, 1964

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Around 1960, the United States Secret Service began using one of Lockheed's versatile C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to carry presidential vehicles. This was faster and more direct than shipping state cars ahead of the President via rail car or boat -- though loading lengthy automobiles into the plane's cargo compartment was a persistent challenge.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

2011.241.14.58

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Edward L. Gies in Memory of Morgan L. Gies.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Loading 1964 Cadillac Presidential Limousine into C-130 Hercules Transport Plane, Andrews Air Force Base, 1964

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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Modifying Ramp on C-130 Hercules Transport Plane to Load Presidential Vehicle, Andrews Air Force Base, circa 1960

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Modifying Ramp on C-130 Hercules Transport Plane to Load Presidential Vehicle, Andrews Air Force Base, circa 1960

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Around 1960, the United States Secret Service began using one of Lockheed's versatile C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to carry presidential vehicles. This was faster and more direct than shipping state cars ahead of the President via rail car or boat -- though loading lengthy automobiles into the plane's cargo compartment was a persistent challenge.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

2011.241.14.73

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Edward L. Gies in Memory of Morgan L. Gies.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Modifying Ramp on C-130 Hercules Transport Plane to Load Presidential Vehicle, Andrews Air Force Base, circa 1960

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What is The Henry Ford?

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Two Presidential Cadillac Limousines Loaded inside Lockheed Hercules C-130 Airplane, 1964

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Two Presidential Cadillac Limousines Loaded inside Lockheed Hercules C-130 Airplane, 1964

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Around 1960, the United States Secret Service began using one of Lockheed's versatile C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to carry presidential vehicles. This was faster and more direct than shipping state cars ahead of the President via rail car or boat -- though loading lengthy automobiles into the plane's cargo compartment was a persistent challenge.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

2011.241.14.57

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Edward L. Gies in Memory of Morgan L. Gies.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Two Presidential Cadillac Limousines Loaded inside Lockheed Hercules C-130 Airplane, 1964

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What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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Cargo Hold of C-130 Hercules Transport Plane during Loading of 1956 Cadillac Presidential Limousine, 1964

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Cargo Hold of C-130 Hercules Transport Plane during Loading of 1956 Cadillac Presidential Limousine, 1964

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Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Around 1960, the United States Secret Service began using one of Lockheed's versatile C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to carry presidential vehicles. This was faster and more direct than shipping state cars ahead of the President via rail car or boat -- though loading lengthy automobiles into the plane's cargo compartment was a persistent challenge.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

2011.241.14.64

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Edward L. Gies in Memory of Morgan L. Gies.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Cargo Hold of C-130 Hercules Transport Plane during Loading of 1956 Cadillac Presidential Limousine, 1964

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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  Details

Loading the 1956 Cadillac Presidential Limousine into C-130 Hercules Transport Plane, 1964

  Details

Loading the 1956 Cadillac Presidential Limousine into C-130 Hercules Transport Plane, 1964

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

Artifact

Photographic print

Summary

Around 1960, the United States Secret Service began using one of Lockheed's versatile C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to carry presidential vehicles. This was faster and more direct than shipping state cars ahead of the President via rail car or boat -- though loading lengthy automobiles into the plane's cargo compartment was a persistent challenge.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

2011.241.14.63

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Edward L. Gies in Memory of Morgan L. Gies.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Loading the 1956 Cadillac Presidential Limousine into C-130 Hercules Transport Plane, 1964

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

VIEW CALENDAR

  Details