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Ford Motor Company's Highland Park Plant was nothing less than the most influential factory of the 20th century. Within its walls Henry Ford and his associates developed the moving assembly line, introduced the Five Dollar Day for workers, and produced millions of reliable and affordable Model T automobiles that put the world on wheels.
Founded in Brooklyn, New York, in 1900, Mack Brothers Company relocated to Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1905 and adopted the name Mack Trucks in 1922. Sightseeing buses were the company's first products, and school buses were a natural extension of that business. Mack built more than 22,000 school, transit and intercity buses before ending bus production in 1960.
Dave Friedman has captured and preserved auto racing history through his photography. His work -- and his collection of works by other photographers -- documents key races, vehicles, drivers, and teams. In 1964, Pedro Rodriguez drove a Ferrari to his second consecutive victory at the Canadian Grand Prix -- part of the Canadian Sports Car Championship -- at Mosport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.
H. J. Heinz took pride in producing superior products. To prove that he had "nothing to hide" in his manufactured food products, Heinz invited visitors to tour his factory in Pittsburgh. One stop along the tour was to the on-site Heinz company museum. This display board, created and displayed at the original museum, showcases the history of one of their most popular items -- baked beans.
This quilt is made from linsey, a handwoven wool fabric with a cotton warp. During the Civil War, when the Union blockade created critical shortages of cloth, southerners wove linsey to help satisfy the need for clothing and bedding for civilians and soldiers. After the war, when factory-made cloth again became available, resourceful southern women used discarded linsey clothing and blankets to make warm quilts.
Until the late 1960s, auto racing helmets provided no protection to a driver's face, leaving it exposed to flying stones and debris. Dan Gurney introduced the full-face helmet to Indianapolis and Formula One in 1968, wearing a Bell model in the Indy 500 and the German Grand Prix. Other drivers soon adopted it. Gurney wore this 1975 helmet in post-retirement races.
"Gurney is God!" So said the banner hoisted by these fans at the 1967 Rex Mays Riverside 300, held at California's Riverside International Raceway on November 26. Dan Gurney fans went home happy that day. He won the race in a Ford-powered Olsonite Eagle after leading for 68 laps.
Helen M. Schultz started the Red Ball Transportation Company in 1922 with buses running from Waterloo to Des Moines, Iowa. Schultz met many challenges while establishing her business, including competition from rival bus lines and the railroad, government regulations, and poor highway conditions. She sold Red Ball to the Jefferson Highway Transportation Company in 1930.
Aloha Wanderwell Baker, born Idris Galcia Hall, was adventurous. In 1922, at the age of 16, she answered an ad to join the globe-trekking Captain Walter Wanderwell on his travels. Aloha crisscrossed Europe, journeyed across Africa and Asia, and then sailed for America and more adventures. Along the way, she became known as "the world's most traveled girl."
Winter snow brings unique opportunities for outdoor play. Sled contraptions like this Sno-Bob -- a sort-of bicycle on skis -- have been around since the mid-19th century. They found new popularity after the Beatles were spotted frolicking around on them in the 1965 movie Help!
Ford Motor Company offered the first public tours of its Rouge Plant in 1924. The popular tours stoked the fascination surrounding Henry Ford and his massive factory. Visitors gathered in the Ford Rotunda, where they viewed displays on the automaker's operations, and then boarded a glass-roofed bus for a trip through the 1,300-acre complex.
Pioneering designer Ruth Adler Schnee was trained in architecture and first began designing textiles when her architectural projects demanded more modern designs than were available on the market. This need launched her career in textile design. Both natural and man-made environments inspire her work. This textile, named “Germination,” was designed after a trip to the Arizona and evokes the desert landscape.