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Women have been involved in automobile racing from the start -- on the track, in the pits, and behind the scenes. From pioneering drivers like Vicki Wood and Janet Guthrie, to more contemporary competitors like Sarah Fisher and Danica Patrick, women have made their mark on the sport from Detroit to Daytona, and from Indianapolis to Le Mans.
Eggs are familiar. They're available nearly everywhere Americans shop for food and appear daily on menus at homes and restaurants across the country. What's less familiar is the story of their rise from products of the family farm to a major agricultural commodity. This group of artifacts helps document that story, revealing important developments in egg production and distribution and exploring consumers' evolving relationship with eggs.
Amelia Earhart understood the power of fame. Her celebrity made possible the lucrative product endorsements, speaking engagements, and public appearances that helped finance her flying. With her publicist, George Putnam, Earhart carefully built and maintained her reputation—both to support her own flights and to promote the general growth of aviation.
In June 1928, Amelia Earhart made headlines as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Though she had only been a passenger, Earhart became an instant celebrity. George Putnam, who’d helped to plan and promote the flight, continued to support Earhart’s aviation activities as her publicist (and eventual husband). Speaking engagements, book sales, and product endorsements helped fund Earhart’s career until her tragic 1937 disappearance.
John and Edmund McLoughlin's publishing firm became well-known in the mid-1800s for its early adoption and skillful use of new color printing techniques. Realizing success in the emerging market for children's books, the brothers expanded their product line to include toys and games. Products bearing the McLoughlin Bros. name remained popular even after the company’s acquisition by Milton Bradley in 1920.
Attributing human characteristics to animals and objects is a natural tendency, and a technique that artists and writers have used for centuries. Personification ascribes human emotions and values to inanimate beings. Anthropomorphism gives things human agency. Depictions appear in a variety of media, and the messages conveyed can be amusing, persuasive, and thought-provoking.
Art pottery is typically made for decorative, rather than purely practical purposes. Most of us have art pottery in our homes--vases for flowers, patterned tile in kitchens or bathrooms, ornaments displayed throughout the house or in china cabinets--all reflecting our taste and personality. Here are highlights of our art pottery from the late 19th through the 20th century.
Artifacts in our Digital Collections were viewed more than 800,000 times during 2019, and the 50 artifacts that were viewed the most often during the year are listed below. Internet searchers intrigued by a Netflix movie, The Highwaymen, caused Clyde Barrow's letter to Henry Ford to become our top-viewed artifact of the year, while a box office release, Ford v Ferrari, catapulted a number of new items into the list, along with many old favorites.
Automobiles tempt us to push the limits of speed and durability. Whether racing up a mountain, streaking across salt flats, speeding around an oval track, sprinting down a quarter-mile straightaway, or enduring a high-speed road course for 24 hours, race cars have long captivated fans and made their creators and drivers famous. The Henry Ford’s collection documents memorable moments and features innovative cars from American racing history.