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Ford Motor Company revealed its Gyron concept car in 1961. Designers intended for a gyroscope to keep the two-wheeled car upright, but the technology was too expensive for a show car. Instead, the fiberglass Gyron used outrigger wheels to keep its balance while an electric motor moved it at 5 mph. The Gyron was destroyed in the 1962 Ford Rotunda fire.
This bird is a motif that appears in much of Marc Petrovic's work. As he states: For nearly two decades I have employed birds and bird imagery as a metaphor for my ruminations on relationships, parenting, home, shelter, and geographical identification. As an artist, I have been drawn to the ideas of identity that grow out of a sense of place and self.
With a physics degree from the University of Michigan, Janet Guthrie was an aerospace engineer when she started racing for fun in the mid-1960s. By 1972, that hobby was her full-time occupation. In 1976, Guthrie became the first woman to compete in a NASCAR superspeedway race. A year later, she was the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500.
Starting in the early 1980s--and already established as an internationally recognized architect--Michael Graves began to pursue a parallel career as a product designer. Over the following three and a half decades he and his collaborators designed everything from humble household goods to limited edition luxury items for clients as diverse as Steuben, Alessi, Target, J. C. Penney, and Disney.
This egg slicer has a slotted dish for holding a peeled hard-boiled egg and a hinged plate made of wires that, when closed, slices the egg quickly and evenly--faster and more "eggs-actly" than one could with a knife. This food preparation utensil can also be used to slice other soft foods, such as strawberries or avocados.
This 3-gallon jug was made of a durable, leak-proof pottery called stoneware. The orange-peel-like outer glaze was created when the potter threw handfuls of common rock salt into a white-hot kiln during the piece's firing. Salt-glazed stoneware pieces were decorated with an amazing array of designs, including this piece with its incised foliated vines and fish decorated with cobalt blue glaze.
Already known for greeting cards, Hallmark introduced a line of Christmas ornaments in 1973. The company's annual release of an increasing array of ornaments revolutionized Christmas decorating, appealing to customers' interest in marking memories and milestones as well as expressing one's personality and unique tastes.
This cookbook contains information and recipes from written sources and the oral histories of Mattox family members and their neighbors. It was created for cooking demonstrations at the Mattox family home originally from Bryan County, Georgia, now in Greenfield Village. The cookbook's title, taken from directly the oral histories, is a proud affirmation of this African American family's resourceful lifestyle.
Rally driver Ken Block redefined motorsport with his wildly popular Gymkhana films. Each of the ten videos featured Block performing elaborate tire-shredding stunts in exciting locations, and together they racked up hundreds of millions of views online. Block drove this modified Ford Fiesta in Gymkhana Five: Ultimate Urban Playground; San Francisco, released in 2012.
Riveting was an essential craft at Ford Motor Company's Willow Run bomber plant. Each completed B-24 bomber contained more than 300,000 rivets in over 500 sizes. The skilled women who did this work at Willow Run and other American factories during World War II inspired the symbolic "Rosie the Riveter" character. "Rosie" remains a feminist icon today.