OT - connecting the dots, Ford Reminiscenses

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen on Monday, June 23, 2014 - 09:16 pm:

I've spent some time looking at Ford oral histories. Fascinating reading, and a little bit like looking for needles in haystacks. The photos below show Henry Ford discussing something with a farmer. The clear photo is courtesy THF, all rights apply. The second is a poor quality photo that was labeled on line as a "Ford with aftermarket body". Obviously, it's the same car and subjects (HF and farmer) with a small boy in the drivers seat.

Initially I thought it might be Edsel Ford. However, it looks as if the young boy has a straw hat on, and looks to more likely be a rural child.

After reading A. G. Wolf's Ford Oral History, I think this may be him, along with his father, at Henry Ford's Farm. Of course, it may not be, but half the fun of dealing with our cars is piecing their history together.

Always more to learn,









The oral histories offer an insight into the personalities at Ford Motor Company that I haven't seen before. Almost everyone I've read, mostly 1915 and earlier, give very warm and friendly impressions of Henry Ford. If anyone is interested, go to this link and begin searching:

http://cdm15889.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/search

Enjoy,

Rob


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Patrick on Friday, June 27, 2014 - 11:21 am:

That top picture doesn't look like Henry Ford at all, to me. It looks more like a modern photo touched up to look old. Most men back then almost always wore their hats when outdoors. Here is a photo of James Couzens in the driver's seat with Henry Ford in the passenger seat around 1907.

Jim Patrick


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen on Friday, June 27, 2014 - 12:42 pm:

Jim,
Both the top photos are of the same subjects. The Henry Ford identifies the first pic as Henry Ford.

The bottom pic shows HF driving (right hand drive), Gaston Plaintiff in the left front, James Couzens in the right rear and a Mr. Rice in the left rear seat.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen on Friday, June 27, 2014 - 12:45 pm:

Oops, I mis typed, I believe Rice is in front beside HF and G. Plaintiff in the rear beside Couzens.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen on Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 07:04 am:

Jim,
It took a while to find this. The card is an announcement that Senator James Couzens will be the guest of honor and speaker at "The Ohio Society of New York" in January 1923. It identifies each party in the car. The photo is taken in front of the Ford New York branch building. A second Model K Roadster is parked behind and the reflection of that K is seen on the store front:



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