Harvey Firestone Harvesting Oats with a Cradle Scythe during a "Vagabonds" Camping Trip, 1918

Summary

Between 1916 and 1924, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone and naturalist John Burroughs embarked on a series of camping trips. They called themselves the Vagabonds. These Vagabonds enjoyed retreating from the fast-paced world to explore nature and the pre-industrial countryside. In 1918, the group stopped to help a local farmer harvest his crops. Ford and the farmer look on as Firestone struggles with the grain cradle.

Between 1916 and 1924, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone and naturalist John Burroughs embarked on a series of camping trips. They called themselves the Vagabonds. These Vagabonds enjoyed retreating from the fast-paced world to explore nature and the pre-industrial countryside. In 1918, the group stopped to help a local farmer harvest his crops. Ford and the farmer look on as Firestone struggles with the grain cradle.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

1918

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.34.38.18

Credit

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

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 5 in

Width: 7.5 in

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