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The Ford Motor Company created over a million parts drawings from 1903 to 1957. Many of these drawings specify engineering requirements for the components of Ford-made vehicles--including automobiles, trucks, tractors, military vehicles and Tri-motor airplanes. Others document assembly components, stages of casting and forging, or experimental designs. Beginning in the 1940s, Ford transferred the drawings to microfilm.
In June 2020, Detroit-based non-profit letterpress organization Signal-Return responded to the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd by producing free protest posters for the community. These posters were made in solidarity with the principles behind the Black Lives Matter movement and distributed with the intent that they be carried in local protests or displayed in visible places.
This is one of countless technical drawings produced by Leo Goossen during his 55-year career. Goossen remains one of the most influential engine designers in American auto racing history. Goossen engines, built first with Harry Miller and then with Fred Offenhauser, dominated the Indianapolis 500 from the 1920s into the 1970s.
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Late-nineteenth-century manufacturers used trade cards to promote and sell products. These colorful advertisements also reflected the racial prejudices of the time. Card illustrators typically depicted African Americans with enlarged or distorted features, either wearing colorful clothes or dressed as servants, and often involved in some comical mishap. These depictions affirmed the discriminatory biases that many white Americans -- the...