I've heard and read about it for years, so decided I'd better go while I still can. The first day was great, and I hope to be back next year and have a car ready to bring. I have too many pictures and too much video to edit everything now, but here are a few shots to start.
Henry keeping an eye on things.
1903 Model A in front of the Ford Barn.
Seeing the cars driving around is more fun than a static display. The great thing here is that you get both.
Doing a man on the street interview with a local TV channel.
Other cars are here, some of them pretty rare, but there are also a lot of Fords.
I spotted only three brass era Model T's with original radiators. This 1916 touring was one of them.
This car was parked outside the local watering hole. I expect the driver was inside having some water.
My favorite year. The 1915 has enough brass to look sharp but not so much you spend half your life tending it.
That's it for now. More later.
Thanks Steve !
Great images .....
I am am in your home state at the moment - Smith Center to be precise.
Glad you are enjoying the OCF Steve. Its one of a kind for sure. I'm thinking the car turnout may be better next year when the dust settles...stay safe!
Thanks for taking the pictures Steve. We all should have been there.
Steve, I am so glad you were able to attend but also so bummed I didn't get to see you! I hope you enjoyed it and will return again with your own car!
As I said in the other thread, IF I have one in shape for it, and IF they'll let me in.
It's getting late in the PM and I don't feel like doing a lot of editing, so most of the pictures will come later. Thanks to Joe, Ed and Sam, Mike, Norm and Donna, and anybody else who gave the old man a ride, and thanks to Mark for letting me drive his rustic 1914 touring. The second day was just as good as the first. Maybe even better, if that's possible.
A highlight of both days for me was the wonderful piano playing by Tasmilah Bey. I've heard The Entertainer many times, but her rendition is something special. Her introduction makes it sound like a song Sister Jackson would sing, and it had at least one person in the audience wiping away tears.
One reason for me to come again is to see things I didn't get to this time. I expect others, like me, spent so much of their time on the old cars that they didn't see everything else the village has to offer. So I'll end this evening's post with just one of those things. There's no old car, but it is a thing of beauty.
Henry spent piles of dough creating replicas of Edison's offices, labs, and shops in Menlo Park to honor his friend and hero. This large brick building is the shop where Edison's craftsmen and machinists made the inventions he created.
As was typical in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the shop is a line shaft operation powered by a single source. In this case that source is a big steam engine in the north end of the building.
That's all for now. More later.
Thank you so very much Steve J! Now, go get some rest. We can wait for the rest of the photos, and do look forward to them. Again, thank you.
Thanks, Steve, for the great photos and I'm really bummed I didn't know you were here! I would have loved to meet you in person. What's amazing about Greenfield Village (and in particular the OCF) is it's a living museum. If you've ever wanted to time travel, this is the place and this is the event. There is no other auto event like it on earth! Regardless of what you think of Henry, he was an amazing visionary to realize one era in American history was quickly passing away and he spent his own money to purchase, dismantle, transport and reassemble an entire town's worth of historically important buildings so future generations could see what old time rural America was like. And to be able to drive your vintage, period correct vehicle around while seeing individuals in period correct clothing pass and hearing Scott Joplin on a rag time piano - man, it just doesn't get any better!!! Truly, for those who have never been to OCF, you REALLY need to attend sometime; preferably as a participant but definitely as a spectator! I think ol' Henry would be beaming if he could see what evolved as the OCF.
Shoot, I'm just gonna ask. What did the Arabic on the guys microphone say?
Good seeing you again Steve. See you in OK.
That's Al Iraqiya TV familiar to those that have visited the sandbox.
Hello Steve, sorry I missed you. That is my 1916 touring in the picture! You are so right about this event. I came for about 5 years with a TT dump truck from Wolcott Mill Metro Parks Michigan. My kids started bugging me "When are you going to bring our car?" 4 years ago was our first OCF with our car, which before that only had been driven on HS graduation parties, and last parade 1964 Fraser Lions parade. The T was purchased by my wife's Great Grandfather In 1916 in Warren Mi. Notice the picture frame, includes Original Bill of Sale. OCF has been our favorite event that has brought our family together. Hope we meet in the future.
OK, here's more from Saturday. I'll get to Sunday later.
1903 Cadillac Model A.
Machine shop powered by line shafts.
Kids can make their own candlesticks on the lathe.
An old 1916 and a "new" 1916.
The local biker gang.
This "replica" of the first Ford plant is really a quarter scale model.
If you're wondering about correct colors for 1927, here they are.
A closer look at the 1927 cutaway engine.
The Heinz house. He started with horseradish, not ketchup.
The OCF is simultaneously both a static display and a continuous parade.
1910 Packard Model 30
Two Ford Coupes, 1924 and 1922. Two years make a difference.
A pretty fancy Studebaker. It's a 1931 President.
Joe & Hether Fedullo's 1923 Stanley. Riding in this big steamer was a highlight of my weekend.
The sign tells you.
Seven batteries in front and seven batteries in back add up to 84 volts.
Beside the 1922 Detroit is a 1917 Anderson electric.
I never knew that Dodge Brothers made a big, gorgeous car like this 1929 Super.
It really is Super.
Chevrolet? Dodge Brothers? International? Nope...
...1920 Oldsmobile Model T.
Wright house and Wright Brothers bicycle shop.
That's it for now. More later.
Thank you Steve!
Many thanks for the tour !
Much effort went into putting this thread together already. More fantastic photos!
Thank you very much!
Too much I could babble about.
Kids running a lathe? Very cool!
LOVE those electric cars!
OT. Funny to me as I've been working under the hood with industrial electric vehicle power off and on for years at my work places.
What have we used? 84 Volts. Nowadays we use a converter to give the motor 84V AC, 3 phase power. Thank you. :-)
Thank You Steve!
Thank you very much, Steve J, I enjoyed it a lot.
As I was just browsing Craigslist Los Angeles Cars and Trucks, there's a large '22 Stanley steam touring car for sale right now that's a near carbon copy of the car in your photo above.
It can be yours for a mere $55,000.
Your photos here are terrific! I can only hope that someday I can attend this wonderful event. Thank you for taking the time to take them and to post them as well.
Hi Steve, Very nice pictures!!! Thank you for taking and posting them here for all to see.
You clearly enjoyed yourself. Very happy that you made the trip. Just sorry I missed you there. Maybe I'll see you in Hershey.
BTW, I'd give up about anything I own for that 1912 DeTamble!!!
Thanks Steve. Allen S W Mo.
Glad you enjoyed OCF and thanks for the pictures! One of the '14s in your 5th picture is ours.
OCF is an amazing event that is hard to describe to those that have not attended. When I asked what you thought of OCF, your reply said volumes with just 4 words, "I will be back"
It was great to meet you. I don't think I will forget your description of the ride in the steamer, "I never have been in a car that smelled like a candle"
Thanks again Steve for all your pictures.
Thanks, Steve. As my dad would have said, you're a gentleman and a scholar and the gem of the ocean. Bob
Steve Jelf, you and the others that take pictures and video's and post them on here, are truly doing a great service for us that can't get to these functions. Your story through your pictures and words, help us see the outside world, even for a moment or so, and make us smile.
Thank you so much, and Don't STOP!!