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 | 29 artifacts

Browse selected artifacts recently added to The Henry Ford's digital collections. These are just a handful of the more than 500 new items digitized in October 2019.

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Light's Golden Jubilee

Created 09.02.2014 | 28 artifacts

On October 21, 1929, Henry Ford hosted Light's Golden Jubilee. The event celebrated the 50th anniversary of Thomas Edison's invention of the incandescent lamp. It also served as the official dedication of The Edison Institute of Technology (Ford's village and museum complex in Dearborn, Michigan) to his dear friend, Thomas Edison.

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A Walk Through the J.R. Jones General Store

Created 11.14.2019 | 12 artifacts

General stores stocked a variety of goods, yet they were organized shopping environments. Within their planned spaces, customers had ample opportunity to see, feel, and even taste the goods. Stores were divided into "departments," such as groceries, tableware, household equipment, and hardware. The 1880s-era J. R. Jones General Store in Greenfield Village was one such store. Take a look around!

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Steam Cars

Created 11.07.2019 | 12 artifacts

Steam-powered automobiles were popular with early buyers. Steam was safe, reliable, and familiar. People had decades of experience with it in trains and boats, and even in experimental road vehicles. But early steam cars required constant care and attention--and up to 30 minutes to start. Automated quick-firing boilers solved these problems, but not before more efficient gasoline engines dominated the market and made steam cars obsolete.

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Celebrating 90 -- Collecting through the Decades: 2010s

Created 10.28.2019 | 7 artifacts

The Henry Ford marks its 90th anniversary in 2019. In celebration, The Henry Ford's curators have taken a decade-by-decade look at how our collections have grown -- through significant additions and evolving philosophies. This set looks at some of the objects and archives collected during the 2010s.

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Art Nouveau at The Henry Ford

Created 10.22.2019 | 22 artifacts

In the 1890s, artists and designers in Europe and the United States attempted to create a modern aesthetic for the 20th century. The decorative style that emerged, Art Nouveau, featured bold color contrasts and organic lines, sometimes flowing gracefully and sometimes sharply undulating--like a whiplash. This expert set explores Art Nouveau's beginnings, its expression in American design, and references to the style in later examples.

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Painting the Light's Golden Jubilee Banquet

Created 10.17.2019 | 10 artifacts

On October 21, 1929, Henry Ford hosted a celebration for Light's Golden Jubilee. The event marked the 50th anniversary of Edison's invention of the incandescent lamp and served as the official dedication of The Edison Institute of Technology (Ford's village and museum complex in Dearborn, Michigan). It culminated in an elegant banquet. Years later, Ford asked his staff artist, Irving Bacon, to capture the banquet in a panoramic painting.

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Trylon and Perisphere: Towers of Tomorrow

Created 10.14.2019 | 14 artifacts

In 1939, millions of people headed to the New York World's Fair, anticipating its reassuring theme, "Building the World of Tomorrow." Looming over the Fair were the imposing Trylon and Perisphere. The tall needle-like Trylon stood for limitless opportunity while the globe-shaped Perisphere implied stability. Visitors likely missed this symbolism. But they couldn't miss the actual Trylon and Perisphere, which seemed to appear everywhere!

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Featured on The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: Season 5

Created 10.14.2019 | 26 artifacts

These key artifacts appeared on the fourth 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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Featured on The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: Season 4

Created 10.14.2019 | 26 artifacts

These key artifacts appeared on the fourth 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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