While exploring Eastern Market today, I came across this unexpected treasure.
Story is, Mr. Ford wanted to hand these out to kids, I imagine in the same vein as the "Do a Good Turn Daily" Boy Scout one I used to carry. Anyhow, he had a few struck off, and the Mrs. disapproved, as he was in his fifties, but the picture used was him in his thirties. By the time they agreed to strike them, WWI broke out and the government stopped him by cutting off his brass supply for a "vanity" object.
I have never seen another, so I probably overpaid to get it. But it's home now.
Can anyone else shed any light here?
There have been several on Tbay recently, so I did a lot of Internet searching and found that these were re-struck quite recently. It basically said that they were not 1917 but more like 1963 - here is the link:
Most likely struck in 1963 using the original 1917 dies.
Not rare. Not worth much.
Recent eBay sales:
Interesting info in that last post.Should be some model A parts in Russia somewhere.
"Ford, ever the ardent Capitalist sold off the tooling, plans etc for the Model A truck to Soviet Russia in 1928 and then encouraged many workers to go over there and work in the GAZ plant in Russia. When the Great Depression happened many, ie about 2800 people took him up on the offer and emigrated to Russia. The great majority of them were never heard from again after about 1937. "
Some of those model A cars ended up being shipped back to Cuba.
Did u post on the wrong page. They were talking about coins And then u started talking about Russia and Cuba
Richard, Mack is commenting on one posting in the Collectors Universe forum thread Erik posted above. It was a rant about Ford's business with the Soviets where he sold them tooling and knowhow to build the Model A in Soviet during 1932-36.
I found one book that deals with US citizens in general that were lost in Soviet during the Stalin era: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0143115421/?tag=annals
Maybe it tells more about those who were sent by Ford as advisors during the startup of their car industry - and if those who wanted to come back to USA were stopped? Staying past 1936/37 seems to have been extra dangerous, by then Stalin's murderous paranoia was in full bloom
Jason - Still a treasure, something I haven't seen before, and would have taken a chance on just like you.
I overpay on some things and get incredible deals on others. I think it all evens out in the end.
Thanks for posting.
Ditto what Dan said