Soybean Experimental Laboratory in Greenfield Village, circa 1940

Summary

Henry Ford believed that industry and agriculture should complement one another. In the 1930s, he pursued soybeans as a crop that might unite the two. Ford built a soybean laboratory in Greenfield Village. Experiments there led to the use of some soy-based oils and plastics in Ford Motor Company vehicles.

Henry Ford believed that industry and agriculture should complement one another. In the 1930s, he pursued soybeans as a crop that might unite the two. Ford built a soybean laboratory in Greenfield Village. Experiments there led to the use of some soy-based oils and plastics in Ford Motor Company vehicles.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

circa 1940

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2009.0.6.4

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 5 in

Width: 7 in

Inscriptions

Handwritten in pencil on back of image: Soybean / Chemical Research Laboratory

Soybean Lab Agricultural Gallery

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