Dan Rubin Automotive Photographs

Biographical / Historical Note

Dan Rubin was a noted New York photographer whose career took him around the world shooting his subjects. After majoring in photography at the New York High School of Art and Design, Rubin joined the Army Signal Corps during World War II, documenting...

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Dan Rubin was a noted New York photographer whose career took him around the world shooting his subjects. After majoring in photography at the New York High School of Art and Design, Rubin joined the Army Signal Corps during World War II, documenting troops in France and Germany. After his time in the military, Rubin attended the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York to further his photographic knowledge. He became a well-respected photographer based in New York City, with a varied client base. He was the official photographer for the New York Giants during the 1960s. Rubin also shot advertising images for companies such as Alfa Romeo and Jaguar. Additionally, Rubin was known for his pictures of race cars and races, including those at Daytona, Indianapolis, and LeMans.

- Biographical information from "Photography’s New Breed," a pamphlet reprinted from U.S. Camera and Travel, February 1965 (included in this collection under Articles From Magazines and Pamphlets, Folder 1 of 3, Box 1).

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Scope and Content Note

The Dan Rubin automotive photographs collection (3 cubic ft.) contains photographic prints, negatives, and slides related to his work from the 1950s to the 1970s. Of the almost 10,500 images, many are of automobiles produced by Austin-Healey, Jaguar,...

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The Dan Rubin automotive photographs collection (3 cubic ft.) contains photographic prints, negatives, and slides related to his work from the 1950s to the 1970s. Of the almost 10,500 images, many are of automobiles produced by Austin-Healey, Jaguar, MG, and Rolls Royce. Of special note are his photographs related to testing at the Bonneville Salt Flats, the Indianapolis 500, the Pierre Levegh accident at the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the 1961 Mickey Thompson Speed Runs at March Air Force Base (A.F.B.).

The materials are arranged alphabetically by subject, then chronologically within each subject.

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Collection Details

Object ID: 2010.37.0
Creator: Rubin, Daniel R. 
Inclusive Dates: 1952-1997
Bulk Dates: 1952-1967
Size: 3 cubic ft.
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Benson Ford Research Center

Access Restrictions: The photographs are open for research.

Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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Carroll Shelby at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, 1956

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Carroll Shelby at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, 1956

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Date Made

1956

Object ID

2010.37.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

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Carroll Shelby at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, 1956

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Jaguar E-Type Coupe, Lincoln Center, New York City, March 8, 1966

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Jaguar E-Type Coupe, Lincoln Center, New York City, March 8, 1966

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Summary

Great Britain's Jaguar turned heads in the 1960s with its E-Type sports car, sold as an XK-E in North America. Disc brakes, an independent front and rear suspension and a racing-inspired monocoque body gave the car technical credentials to match its beautiful appearance. For 1966, the longer 2+2 coupe seen here joined the convertible and coupe already in Jaguar's lineup.

Object ID

2010.37.9

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Jaguar E-Type Coupe, Lincoln Center, New York City, March 8, 1966

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Jim Kimberly, Ferrari #5, Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, D.C., May 2, 1954

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Jim Kimberly, Ferrari #5, Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, D.C., May 2, 1954

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Artifact

Slide (Photograph)

Object ID

2010.37.13

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Jim Kimberly, Ferrari #5, Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, D.C., May 2, 1954

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MG Sports Car Driving at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, circa 1950

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MG Sports Car Driving at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, circa 1950

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Artifact

Slide (Photograph)

Summary

In the 1930s, land speed racers everywhere began to flock to a landscape seemingly custom-made for their sport: Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. The hard, white salt provided a smooth running surface while the 46 square miles of open space offered plenty of room to speed up and slow back down. Typically, speed records were based on the average over an out-and-back run.

Object ID

2010.37.7

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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MG Sports Car Driving at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, circa 1950

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Official Timing Stand, Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, 1956

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Official Timing Stand, Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, 1956

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Artifact

Photographic transparency

Date Made

1956

Summary

In the 1930s, land speed racers everywhere began to flock to a landscape seemingly custom-made for their sport: Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. The hard, white salt provided a smooth running surface while the 46 square miles of open space offered plenty of room to speed up and slow back down. Typically, speed records were based on the average over an out-and-back run.

Creators

Unknown 

Place of Creation

United States 

Object ID

2010.37.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Official Timing Stand, Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, 1956

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Stirling Moss, Carroll Shelby, Masten Gregory, Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez, John Fitch, Ernie Erickson, Nassau, Bahamas,1957

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Stirling Moss, Carroll Shelby, Masten Gregory, Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez, John Fitch, Ernie Erickson, Nassau, Bahamas,1957

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Stirling Moss, Carroll Shelby, Masten Gregory, Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez, John Fitch, Ernie Erickson, Nassau, Bahamas,1957

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