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 07.22.2021 | 14 artifacts

Browse selected artifacts recently added to The Henry Ford's Digital Collections. These are just a handful of the almost 400 new items digitized in October 2021.

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Noteworthy Artifacts from Our Main Storage Building

Created 11.22.2021 | 14 artifacts

Main Storage Building, or MSB, is The Henry Ford's newest collections storage building, with 178,000 square feet of space dedicated exclusively to keeping our artifacts safe and sound. To celebrate moving over 40,000 objects into the new space, a project completed in 2021, some of our staff call out favorite artifacts that now call MSB home.

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Spinning Highlights from the Collections of The Henry Ford

Created 10.20.2021 | 16 artifacts

Humans have been twisting fiber into yarn forever--a process called spinning. The spinning-related tools and machinery shown in this expert set illustrate the continual quest for improved reliability, quality, and speed in processing the fibers that create the clothing and other textiles that fill our lives.

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Created 10.13.2021 | 22 artifacts

After enclosed cars became affordable in the 1920s, convertibles were the exception rather than the rule on American roads. They took on an aura of glamour and adventure, and they gave us visions of movie stars cruising with the wind in their hair. But movie stars live in sunny southern California -- most of us don't. Convertibles boosted a brand's image and lured customers into showrooms, but most buyers went home in sedans.

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Collecting Mobility

Created 10.06.2021 | 31 artifacts

The Henry Ford's collections are never finished. We constantly add new objects and new stories to our holdings. Our efforts are guided generally by the museum's mission statement, and specifically by formal policies and plans that define how and what we collect. The items in this expert set were all added to our mobility collection between 2012 and 2021. Each one helps us to tell the story of American transportation past, present, and future.

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Glenn Hammond Curtiss

Created 09.27.2021 | 15 artifacts

Already a pioneering motorcycle builder and record-setting racer, Glenn Hammond Curtiss (1878-1930) was making a name for himself in the engine manufacturing business when he turned his eyes to the skies. Curtiss would continue developing innovative machines and setting records on his way to helping make aviation a practical industry.

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Children's Furniture

Created 09.27.2021 | 20 artifacts

Children's furniture reflects changes in childrearing. Early American families wanted their children to mature quickly and work as soon as possible. A more romantic view of childhood took hold in the 1800s; well-to-do parents saw their children as precious and molded them for a successful life. In 20th-century America, parents continued to focus on childhood play and development, accepting new materials and modern design in children's furniture.

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From Seed to Store Shelf: The Heinz Tomato’s Journey, 1900-1930

Created 08.26.2021 | 16 artifacts

In the early 1900s, the H.J. Heinz Company grew and processed tomatoes into a wide variety of products, including canned tomatoes and ketchup, tomato juice, and sauces and soups. These photographs follow Heinz tomatoes from seeds to fields, and factories to store shelves.

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Heinz Apples

Created 08.26.2021 | 14 artifacts

Today, Heinz is best known for tomato ketchup, but a wide range of produce has gone into the company’s "57 Varieties” over the years. These images follow the journey of apples grown for Heinz apple butter and cider vinegar in the early 1900s.

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Fair Lane: The Fords' Private Railroad Car

Created 08.04.2021 | 25 artifacts

By 1920, Henry and Clara Ford found it difficult to travel by railroad. Henry Ford was widely recognized -- pestered by the public and hounded by reporters. The Fords purchased a private railroad car they called Fair Lane, so they could travel conveniently and quietly across the extensive American railroad network. The Fords made more than 400 trips with Fair Lane from 1921 to 1942.

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