DEARBORN - Since the earliest days of Ford Motor Company, advertising has been a part of our story.
Often ads showcase the product being sold while also capturing the era in which the ad was created, giving the ads historical significance. Ads are easy to come-by, somewhat affordable and have a charming way of conveying history with an artistic flare, making them attractive choices for collectors of all kinds.
In the ads featured here, we can see how the message wasn’t always about a certain product. During World War II, when civilian car production had ended, our ads didn’t show a car for sale, but spoke of life after the war.
Ford ads have often focused on value, reliability and how owning a Ford could improve your quality of life. Here, an ad for a V8 engine boasts the hills won’t seem as high anymore thanks to the power the engine delivers. Another suggests Ford vehicles provide the best value by stating, “You can pay more but you can’t buy better.”
At this time, we would like to thank all of the readers who submitted photos of their favorite relics to Collectable Corner this summer. We have enjoyed learning about your favorite Ford mementos and appreciate your contributions.
However, starting next week, instead of posting a Collectable Corner story each Thursday, we will begin ramping up for our celebration of the 100th anniversary of the moving assembly line by featuring heritage stories relating to assembly plants.
Thanks again for your participation!