Harvesting Knife Used during Ford Motor Company's Brazilian Rubber Plantations Venture, 1928-1945

Summary

From 1928 to 1945 Henry Ford tried, unsuccessfully, to establish productive rubber plantations on Brazil's Tapajos River. Rubber was an important component in Ford's automobiles, and he wanted a source that he controlled. W.L. Reeves Blakely, one of Ford's agents, selected the site for the Fordlandia plantation and used this harvesting knife during his explorations.

From 1928 to 1945 Henry Ford tried, unsuccessfully, to establish productive rubber plantations on Brazil's Tapajos River. Rubber was an important component in Ford's automobiles, and he wanted a source that he controlled. W.L. Reeves Blakely, one of Ford's agents, selected the site for the Fordlandia plantation and used this harvesting knife during his explorations.

Artifact

Harvesting knife

Date Made

1928-1945

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.534.2

Credit

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

Material

Iron alloy
Wood (Plant material)

Dimensions

Height: 1 in

Width: 1.75 in

Length: 8

Inscriptions

engraved, blade: HAPM

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