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A voice over the storewide intercom announces: "Attention Kmart shoppers, …" Customers pause and scan for a flashing blue light--somewhere in the store there is a sale! In the late 20th century, Kmart's iconic Bluelight Specials provided instant bargains for lucky in-store shoppers. Workers at one Kmart store created this Bluelight memento as a retirement gift for a longtime employee.
Ford's affordable V-8 engine, introduced in 1932, proved so popular that the company stopped selling four-cylinder cars with the 1935 model year. For 1937, Ford attracted economy-minded customers with a smaller 60-horsepower version of its V-8. The "60" engine had a displacement of 136 cubic inches, compared to the larger 85-horsepower V-8's 221 cubic inches.
On April 16, 1938 -- on what would have been Wilbur Wright's 71st birthday -- Henry Ford dedicated the Wright Home and Wright Cycle Shop in Greenfield Village. Ford relocated both buildings to Dearborn from their original locations in Dayton, Ohio. Orville Wright, who assisted in the project by providing original furnishings and equipment, was guest of honor at the ceremony.
Brochure Advertising "Bicentennial Events for the Family" at Greenfield Village & Henry Ford Museum, 1976
The Bicentennial heightened Americans' interest in their history. Museums and historical sites across the nation developed new programming to meet the needs of people looking to celebrate two hundred years of American history. Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum launched a vigorous calendar of Bicentennial events, activities, and exhibits that attracted record attendance in 1976.
Henry Ford, Edsel Ford, and Charles Sorensen in the Fifteen-Millionth Ford Model T on the Last Day of Model T Production, May 26, 1927
After the fifteen millionth Model T -- the ceremonial "last" Model T -- was completed on May 26, 1927, Edsel Ford, Henry Ford and production managers Charles Sorensen and P. E. Martin drove the car from Ford Motor Company's Highland Park assembly plant to the automaker's engineering laboratory in Dearborn. Company officials and members of the press joined in the parade.
On April 16, 1938 -- on what would have been Wilbur Wright's 71st birthday -- Henry Ford dedicated the Wright Home and Wright Cycle Shop in Greenfield Village. Ford relocated both buildings to Dearborn from their original locations in Dayton, Ohio. A craftsperson in Greenfield Village knitted this sock to commemorate the occasion.
Sickles helped farmers harvest grain crops. Using this age-old tool, however, was backbreaking work. Laborers constantly had to stoop over to gather and cut the stalks. The work also had to be done quickly before ripen grains were scattered by the wind or poor weather destroyed the crop. The invention of mechanized reapers did away with this laborious task on large acre farms.