Barney Oldfield Advertising Card for Plymouth Automobile "Olite Springs," circa 1935

Summary

Barney Oldfield found ways to stay in the public spotlight well after his last professional race in 1918. The showman attended and refereed racing meets, ran a tire company, drove a tractor faster than a mile a minute, and appeared in movies and on the radio. In the mid-1930s, Oldfield joined with Plymouth to promote the car's performance and safety features.

Barney Oldfield found ways to stay in the public spotlight well after his last professional race in 1918. The showman attended and refereed racing meets, ran a tire company, drove a tractor faster than a mile a minute, and appeared in movies and on the radio. In the mid-1930s, Oldfield joined with Plymouth to promote the car's performance and safety features.

Artifact

Advertising card

Date Made

circa 1935

Subject Date

circa 1935

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2005.108.24

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 5.5 in

Width: 3.25 in

Inscriptions

Printed below image of Barney Oldfield : Barney Oldfield, world's most famous race driver-- "I've been / driving cars since they've been built. I was the first man to drive a / car a mile a minute. But how that Plymouth Six handles! Steers / wonderfully and you never feel a bump through the steering wheel. / Those new Oilite sprints with Silent-U Shackles give you the / softest, quietest ride imaginable. And those new Hydraulic Brakes / with Centrifuse drums make all speeds safe in the Plymouth Six".

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