DEARBORN - Before Henry Ford opened the highway for all mankind, he was a collector of many things.
"We want to have something of everything-we have types of every sort of wagon and carriage ever used in this country, from the covered wagon of the pioneer to the last style of buggy. We have nearly every type of agricultural instrument, every type of musical instrument; we have all kinds and sorts of furniture and household effects. One of these days the collection will have its own museum at Dearborn, and there we shall reproduce the life of the country in its every age," said Henry Ford.
From candlelight to electric lamps and horses to cars, his passion for collecting and innovation, spun into a vision that would later change the way we live.
With more than 100 years of business, it’s needless to say that Ford is rich in history. Not just a car company, Ford is a leader in innovation and ground-breaking technologies. Tri-Motor planes, briquettes and even tomato juice – Ford has covered a lot of ground.
“Ford Motor Company helped put the world on wheels,” said Dean Weber, manager, Ford North American Archives. “And the history of our products reinforces the emotional connection that people have with Ford. The company has a large and very dedicated group of collectors.”
Ford has come a long way, and this year there is a lot to celebrate – including the 100th anniversary of the assembly line, the 150th anniversary of birth of Henry Ford and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the iconic Ford Mustang.
These accomplishments couldn’t have been made possible without you; the employees and retirees who have helped bring Ford’s vision to light.
For the next few months, we’ll be sharing pieces of Ford history in the form of artwork, photos and more in a showcase at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn. Additionally, each Thursday we’ll spotlight unique Ford collectables on @Ford Online.
“The history display at Ford World Headquarters, is seen as a chance to highlight some of the materials and subjects housed in our corporate archives and, more importantly, a way to help our employees celebrate our heritage,” said Jamie Myler, senior research archivist, Ford Archive. “The display is scheduled to change once a month and will begin by looking at past anniversary celebrations, to coincide with the 110th anniversary of Ford. Next, we’ll focus on company founder Henry Ford celebrating the 150th anniversary of his birth.”
But we know that we’re not the only ones who have items to share. So we’re asking everyone to join in this historic year and share your Ford treasures on @Ford Online.
Do you have an old issue of the Ford Times, or an empty Ford Tomato Juice bottle lying around? Now is your “opportunity to find out information on items that you have to share with a wider community,” according to Weber.
How do you participate in Collectable Corner?
Submit a photo of your Ford collectable, with a brief description, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Then, each Thursday we’ll spotlight an employee submission along with pictures of other items from Ford’s Archive.
Here’s a sneak peak of a few of some Ford collectables.