Vanda Summers of the Frontier Nursing Service, with Automobile Donated by Edsel Ford, May 1940

Summary

In 1925, Mary Breckinridge established the Frontier Nursing Service to bring qualified nurse-midwives and modern, life-saving healthcare to many inaccessible areas of eastern Kentucky. To support these efforts, Breckinridge cultivated wealthy donors, such as Edsel Ford. In 1939, Edsel had secured a used Ford automobile for use on the back roads of Kentucky. Breckinridge sent Edsel this photo of his contribution.

In 1925, Mary Breckinridge established the Frontier Nursing Service to bring qualified nurse-midwives and modern, life-saving healthcare to many inaccessible areas of eastern Kentucky. To support these efforts, Breckinridge cultivated wealthy donors, such as Edsel Ford. In 1939, Edsel had secured a used Ford automobile for use on the back roads of Kentucky. Breckinridge sent Edsel this photo of his contribution.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

May 1940

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.6.182

Credit

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

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 in

Width: 2.5 in

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