Henry Ford passed away on this day 68 years ago.
Ron the Coilman
At least one and maybe all of you should be mad at Henry for manufacturing the T and causing all the grief you have experienced for many years.
A little off-topic, but Billie Holiday was born on this date 100 years ago today.
So, Ron Patterson's initial post got me wondering - how many others on here have pictures of Henry hanging in their house? Here is mine (it came out of a long-closed Ford dealership in Connecticut - had been hanging in the main showroom since the late '20s):
I've never been to a T owner's house that didn't have at least one pic of the boss hanging somewhere. Here's my favourite, a 24" x 36" dead center in the living room.
Well he's in good company. My mother passed on this day 38 years ago. I've got a lot more photos of her in my house than him. But, I have got a photo of him as well.
This portrait hangs in Ford's former summer home near Savannah
Here is the lobby of The Dearborn Inn in Michigan. Look above the fireplace.
I've got one in my house. It's just like Ron Patterson's... except of course mine is not autographed.
How much practice did it take until you got the signature correct Ron? ;O)
The little smirk on Ron Patterson's picture makes me suspect that Henry was up to something.
I know that his Model T has given many people opportunities, joy and entertainment over many years.
Like most of us, HF's signature changed significantly over his lifetime.
Here is a compilation of HF signatures collected by Tim O' Callaghan as period examples of many original signatures that exist at the Benson Ford Research Facility.
Tim, an eminent Ford historian, organized the Ford Tri-Motor ascension at BFRC. Tim once told me HF never attended the Board of Directors meetings of that organization, but there is a HF signed letter designating someone to vote on his behalf with the formal records of the many BOD proceedings.
Original HF signatures start at $1000. I have seen them priced over $30,000 for historically significant documents relating to the dissolution/payments agreements between C. Harold Wills and HF and Edsel Ford.
If anyone is interested I can post a copy of the original 1944 Rescission of Power of Attorney where HF designated E.G. Liebold his personal secretary in 1918. It is fascinating to read a legal description of the immense power Liebold exercised over HF personal business affairs.
Ron the Coilman
Sorry got the attachments mixed up. Here is the signatures over the years.