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 | 25 artifacts

Browse selected artifacts recently added to The Henry Ford's Digital Collections. These are just a handful of the more than 700 new items digitized in March 2022.

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Working Looms of Greenfield Village

Created 05.16.2022 | 8 artifacts

Take a virtual tour of the Greenfield Village Weaving Shop through this expert set highlighting its working looms.

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Featured on The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: Season 8

Created 04.25.2022 | 26 artifacts

These key artifacts appeared on the sixth season of The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation. For episode information, please visit https://www.thehenryford.org/explore/innovation-nation/episodes.

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Early Firefighting

Created 04.11.2022 | 32 artifacts

Fire was a constant menace to American cities well into the 20th century, when most buildings were made of wood and firefighting equipment was underpowered and overmatched. Firefighters risked their own lives to save those of others, to protect property, and to constrain and contain blazes before they grew into uncontrollable conflagrations. Early firefighting relied on mettle, muscle, and machinery that improved slowly but steadily over time.

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The First Indianapolis 500, 1911

Created 04.05.2022 | 26 artifacts

The Indianapolis 500 bills itself today as the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing." That description would have been just as accurate for the first race, held on May 30, 1911. Its 500-mile length and $27,000 prize purse were unlike anything seen in the auto racing world to that point. The first Indy 500 featured 40 qualifying cars. This set includes photos of 23 of them, presented in the order in which they finished the race.

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A Postcard Tour of Yellowstone National Park

Created 03.30.2022 | 10 artifacts

Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872, was America's first national park. Tour highlights of Yellowstone through these postcards from our collections.

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A History of Measurement, Presented by the Ford Research and Information Department

Created 03.30.2022 | 10 artifacts

Around 1960, Ford Motor Company's Research and Information Department produced a set of educational posters presenting "a short history of how our system of linear measurement and measurement of length came into being." Concise captions accompanying dynamic, simple illustrations revealed the origins of many standards of measurement and explained their critical role in science and industry.

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Exhibition Flying

Created 03.02.2022 | 22 artifacts

Part showmanship and part salesmanship, early aviation meets and air shows improved airplane technology and promoted the aviation industry. Air races celebrated speed, with pilots competing against the clock or against each other on marked courses. Reliability tours focused on stamina, with prizes awarded for dependable flying on specific schedules. Exhibition flying launched great careers for some -- and cut them short for others.

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Early Ford Trucks

Created 01.14.2022 | 25 artifacts

Trucks have been a regular part of Ford Motor Company's lineup since 1917. The earliest models were utilitarian with chassis and bodies based on the company's automobiles. But their low cost and reliable service made Ford trucks popular with farmers and business owners, and with municipal and military operators too. Over time, Ford trucks evolved into distinct products with a look and a following all their own.

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The Most Popular Digital Collections Artifacts of 2021

Created 12.21.2021 | 50 artifacts

Artifacts in our Digital Collections were viewed more than 830,000 times during 2021, with the 50 most-viewed artifacts listed below. This year the Fair Lane jumped into the number-two spot because we celebrated the centennial of Henry Ford's private rail car this year. What other artifacts on the list catch your attention?

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