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Seventeen-year-old Joe Louis got his start as an athlete and boxer in 1931 at the Brewster East Side Gymnasium in Detroit. He became world heavyweight boxing champion in 1937 and held the title until 1949. This autographed tintype of him was taken in Greenfield Village's Tintype Studio during a visit in 1935.
The Quadricycle was Henry Ford's first attempt to build a gasoline-powered automobile. It utilized commonly available materials: angle iron for the frame, a leather belt and chain drive for the transmission, and a buggy seat. Ford had to devise his own ignition system. He sold his Quadricycle for $200, then used the money to build his second car.
Not every B-24 bomber built at Ford Motor Company's Willow Run plant left the facility as a completed airplane. Some 1,800 bombers were sent as partially-assembled "kits" to Consolidated Aircraft Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas, or Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The components for each plane were packed into two specially-designed semi-trailers for transport to these final assembly plants.
As a part of the automaker's efforts to promote its war work at the Willow Run bomber plant, a Ford Motor Company photographer followed Isabelle Anderson through one of her workdays at home and at the factory. Mrs. Anderson was one of 42,000 workers -- and 15,000 women -- who built 8,685 B-24 Liberator airplanes at Willow Run during World War II.
After the United States entered World War I in 1917, Americans worried about labor and food shortages as a result of men going off to fight. Organizations like the Women's Land Army and the Women's National Farm and Garden Association recruited and trained women to perform agricultural work across the country. These women grew squash on a Massachusetts farm.
The Huffman Manufacturing Company traces its roots to 1892 in its hometown of Dayton, Ohio. The company's one millionth bicycle, built in 1947, received special upgrades to commemorate the production milestone. Its motorcycle-inspired faux fuel tank and fender-mounted headlight are typical for bikes of the era. Its 14-karat gold plating is not!
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.
Dan Gurney and Jerry Grant teamed up to drive the #3 Ford GT40 Mark II at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Just over 17 hours into the race, Grant pitted with an overheated engine. Mechanics replenished the water, but Grant returned with the same problem 45 minutes later. Grant and Gurney had no choice but to forfeit.