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Footwarmer, circa 1900

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Footwarmer

Date Made

circa 1900

Summary

This X-Radium footwarmer made by the Novelty Manufacturing Company in Jackson, Michigan, depended on radiant heat from a special patented brick placed inside. Users had to remember to heat the brick before their trip.

Object ID

55.20.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Mr. Rae Troutman.

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

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What is The Henry Ford?

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1924 Essex Coach Sedan

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Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1924

Summary

Until the 1920s, most cars lacked permanent roofs. They were "open" to the elements, noise, and dirt. People bought them only because they were cheaper than closed cars. When the 1922 Essex Coach came along -- closed, and costing just a little more than an open car -- people snapped it up. This 1924 model cost even less -- truly a car for all seasons.

Object ID

83.120.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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1953 Ford X-100 Concept Car

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1953 Ford X-100 Concept Car

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Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1953

Summary

Ford Motor Company celebrated its 50th anniversary with the X-100, a fully-functional concept car billed as a "laboratory on wheels." The X-100 featured more than 50 innovative ideas. Some of them, like the heated seats and the telephone, ultimately became commonplace. Others, like the variable-volume horn and the in-car electric shaver, never quite caught on with the public.

Place of Creation

United States 

Object ID

58.73.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company, Engineering Department.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

1953 Ford X-100 Concept Car

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

VIEW CALENDAR

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