Expert Sets

The experts at The Henry Ford have carefully created these sets. Explore a specific topic or use these as a foundation for building your own collection.

The experts at The Henry Ford have carefully created these sets. Explore a specific topic or use these as a foundation for building your own collection.

Just Added to Our Digital Collections

Created 01.24.2016 | 25 artifacts

Browse selected artifacts recently added to The Henry Ford's digital collections. These are just a handful of the over 1200 new items digitized in March 2017.

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Ford at Le Mans in 1967

Created 05.23.2017 | 26 artifacts

Ford Motor Company returned to Le Mans for a rematch with Ferrari in 1967. While Ford bested the Italians with the GT40 Mark II in 1966, this time it fielded an all-new car. Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt piloted a Ford Mark IV around the Circuit de la Sarthe for 24 brutal hours. The two drivers, like the crew members and Ford executives there with them, hoped all the while that neither they nor their machine would break under the strain.

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Charles Proteus Steinmetz

Created 05.22.2017 | 13 artifacts

Charles Steinmetz applied mathematical theory and scientific methods to practical engineering, helping shape the electrical engineering profession. His theories on alternating currents, experiments on power loss, and influential publications placed him at the front of the field and improved electrical power distribution.

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Signs of the Times

Created 05.17.2017 | 17 artifacts

Brightly-colored outdoor signs, mounted on poles or directly onto the walls of buildings, were intended to capture the attention of passersby. These metal signs, ranging from the 1920s through the 1960s, advertised products and roadside establishments through their clever combination of eye-catching colors, images, lettering, and contrast.

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Village Glass Gallery

Created 05.12.2017 | 261 artifacts

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Gas Stations

Created 05.09.2017 | 25 artifacts

Gasoline is a competitive business. Brand loyalty is fleeting, and customers often choose a station simply based on which side of the road it occupies. Early retailers attracted customers with courteous service, clever architecture, clean restrooms and, above all, convenience. Gas pumps changed along with motorists’ needs, evolving from simple hand-cranked mechanisms to sophisticated electric pumps that calculated quantity and cost.

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Art Deco – Behind the Scenes

Created 05.09.2017 | 15 artifacts

"Art Deco" refers to the artistic movement prominent during the inter-war period. The 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris was the launching point for the movement, as well as the inspiration for its name. The aesthetic was widely adopted, both geographically and across disciplines. The following Art Deco artifacts are held in The Henry Ford's collections storage.

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Art Deco in the Museum

Created 05.09.2017 | 14 artifacts

"Art Deco" refers to the artistic movement prominent during the inter-war period. The 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris was the launching point for the movement, as well as the inspiration for its name. The aesthetic was widely adopted, both geographically and across disciplines. The following diverse collection of Art Deco artifacts are on display in The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

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Ford Charcoal Briquets

Created 05.04.2017 | 34 artifacts

Ford Motor Company manufactured charcoal from wood scraps produced by its lumber operations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The scraps were burned, mixed with starch and compressed into compact briquettes. Ford sold the charcoal to the public through its network of auto dealerships, as well as through conventional hardware, sporting goods and department stores. It was a prominent example of Henry Ford’s commitment to reducing and reusing waste.

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Ford in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Created 05.04.2017 | 33 artifacts

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan meant business and pleasure alike to Henry Ford. Ford Motor Company operated sawmills and factories throughout the area that supplied lumber and finished parts to the Rouge. Mr. Ford and his wife, Clara, enjoyed summer vacations in the region’s mild climate and natural beauty.

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