"Plant Samples--Sample #51--Maleo Caetano, 1931"

Summary

In 1928, Henry Ford established rubber tree plantations in the Brazilian rainforest to supply rubber for automobile production. He also explored how to profit from the native plants already growing on his land holdings. Samples of Brazilian plants like this were sent to Ford's Rouge factory in Dearborn, Michigan, to determine if they could be used to make commercially viable products.

In 1928, Henry Ford established rubber tree plantations in the Brazilian rainforest to supply rubber for automobile production. He also explored how to profit from the native plants already growing on his land holdings. Samples of Brazilian plants like this were sent to Ford's Rouge factory in Dearborn, Michigan, to determine if they could be used to make commercially viable products.

Artifact

Plant fiber

Subject Date

07 May 1931

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.534.1.10

Credit

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

Material

Plant fiber

Color

Tan

Dimensions

Height: 9.500 in

Width: 4.500 in

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