Henry Ford Driving 1896 Quadricycle in New York City, 1910

Summary

Henry Ford took the 1896 Quadricycle, his first automobile, to New York City as evidence in his legal appeal against the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers. ALAM claimed that its patent required automakers to pay royalties on each gasoline-powered car made, and a lower court agreed. But Ford won his appeal in 1911 and ALAM's royalty system was dismantled.

Henry Ford took the 1896 Quadricycle, his first automobile, to New York City as evidence in his legal appeal against the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers. ALAM claimed that its patent required automakers to pay royalties on each gasoline-powered car made, and a lower court agreed. But Ford won his appeal in 1911 and ALAM's royalty system was dismantled.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

1910

Creators

Spooner & Wells 

Ford Motor Company. Photographic Department 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Detroit 

Creator Notes

Originally photographed by Spooner & Wells.

Collection Title

General Photographs Series 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.833.P.271

Credit

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

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process
Retouching

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 in

Width: 10.5 in

Inscriptions

Sticker adhered to lower right corner front reads: 271 / 1896 car, Henry / Ford driving

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