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While the Wright brothers fulfilled contracts for the Army, rival Glenn Curtiss partnered with the Navy and built the first successful seaplanes in the United States. When pilot Eugene Ely landed a Curtiss airplane on the USS Pennsylvania in 1911, the concept of the aircraft carrier was born. Curtiss today is remembered as the "Father of Naval Aviation."
Phil Remington was one of racing's greatest fabricators and metalworkers. He was Carroll Shelby's chief engineer during Ford's Le Mans program in the 1960s. Remington joined Dan Gurney's All American Racers, where he used this workbench, in 1969. "Rem" spent the next 44 years with Gurney, developing race cars and motorcycles -- and putting in a full day's work into his 90s.
Lillian Schwartz is a pioneer of computer-generated art. From 1969-2002, she was a "resident visitor" at Bell Laboratories, producing groundbreaking films, videos, and multimedia works. The Schwartz Collection spans Lillian's childhood into her late career, documenting an expansive mindset, mastery over traditional and experimental mediums alike--and above all--an ability to create inspirational connections between science, art, and technology.
In the early 1910s, Henry and Clara Ford selected 1300 acres of farmland in Dearborn, Michigan as the site for a new home. They would call the estate Fair Lane. In 1916 the couple moved into the newly-constructed, 56-room mansion. Henry and Clara would find their new home a peaceful respite -- surrounded by woods, meadows, gardens, and the nature they loved.
Farmers used hay, made of dried grasses, to feed their livestock when pastures were covered in snow or affected by drought. Wagons like this one, with its shallow boat-shaped body, carried hay from the fields to the barn for storage. The Gruber Wagon Works of Pennsylvania built this wagon for Isaac Speicher in May 1911.
Though it operated some direct-sales offices in major cities, Ford Motor Company sold most of its Model T cars through franchise agreements with independent dealers. Each franchisee received the right to sell Ford cars within a specific territory. Ford encouraged dealers by offering discounts and rebates to high sellers. But low-selling dealers risked losing their territories.
Linda Powell began designing posters for the Herman Miller Christmas Party in 1976, the same year she was hired at the company as an internal graphic designer. She designed eight Christmas Party posters over four years. A Christmas tree with strands of popcorn and cranberries announce the 1979 Christmas Party—as well as recall Steve Frykholm's food-themed posters designed for the company's summer picnics.
Founded in Brooklyn, New York, in 1900, Mack Brothers Company relocated to Allentown, Pennsylvania, five years later. In 1922, the company renamed itself Mack Trucks and chose a bulldog as its mascot. According to lore, British soldiers admiringly called tough Mack trucks "bulldogs" during World War I. The bulldog was a beloved symbol of Great Britain.
Bob Bondurant with Checkered Flag at the Pacific Coast Championship Sports Car Races, Del Mar, California, September 1959
Dave Friedman captured and preserved auto racing history through his photography. His work -- and his collection of works by other photographers -- documents key races, cars, and teams. Bob Bondurant won SCCA's Pacific Coast Championship Road Race in his #51 Chevrolet Corvette. It was one of a series of races held at California's Del Mar Fairgrounds on September 19-20, 1959.