Young Henry Ford: A Picture History of the First Forty Years

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Wayne State University Press, 1963 - Biography & Autobiography - 188 pages
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Young Henry Ford is a visual and textual presentation of the first forty years of Henry Ford—an American farm boy who became one of the greatest manufacturers of modern times and profoundly impacted the habits of American life. In Young Henry Ford, Sidney Olson dispels some of the myths attached to this automobile legend, going beyond the Henry Ford of mass production and the five-dollar day, and offers a more intimate understanding of Henry Ford and the time he lived in.

Through hundreds of restored photographs, including some of Ford's own taken with his first camera, Young Henry Ford revisits an America now gone—of long days on the farm, travel by horse and buggy, and one-room schoolhouses. Some of the rare illustrations include the first picture of Henry Ford, photos from Edsel's childhood, snapshots of the interior and exterior of the Ford homestead, Clara and Henry's wedding invitation, and photos of the early stages of the first automobile.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Robert R McCormicks Letter
3
Henry Fords Universal Peace Flag
4
The Bark Covered House
5
Changing the Guard at Dearborn Arsenal
8
The Plymouth Bandwagon 1868
9
William Ford
10
Twelve Good Men and True a Dearborn Jury
11
Jim Bishop and a Friend
93
David Bell
94
The Eighth Home
96
First Version
97
Final Version
98
The Clinch
99
138a b The Sheet on the Fence
100
Dr Benjamin Rush Hoyt
103

The Ford Homestead as It Actually Was 15 The First Picture of Henry Ford
12
The Crib 17 The Organ in the Parlor 18 The Kitchen in the Homestead 19 The Interior Chapter III
13
His First Memory
14
My First Teacher
16
Poor Frank Was Dead
17
26a b c The Great Conditioners 1819
18
A Page from Henrys Notebook 20
22
The Engine That Ran on the Road
23
Where He Lost His First Job
26
Henry Boarded Here802 Franklin
27
The Jeweler Robert Magill
28
lenry at the Dry Docks
30
Old No 345
34
Mechanics Hall
37
Ann Hood
39
44a b Annie and Nellie Ford
41
The Period Look 1885
42
A Love Note Five Years Later
44
54a b SmallBusinessmans Troubles
45
The Wedding Invitation
46
The Wedding Certificate
47
Claras Plan for Their Second Home
48
a b c What Detroit Looked Like in the Early Nineties
50
Transportation the 1890s
51
Charles Phelps Gilbert about 1888
52
Main Station Edison Illuminating Company
53
The Fourth Home of the Fords
54
The StationIIouse Gang March 1893
55
Henry and His Bicycle Summer 1893
57
Henry at Work 1893
58
A Gasoline Bill 1893
60
The Seventh Home of the Fords
62
The Detroit High School
64
Edsels First Picture
65
Edsel 1894
66
Clara at the Homestead
67
A Worthington Pump
68
Charles A Strelinger
69
Selden in His Wagon
70
The Pennington Note from Fords Jotbooks
71
Kings First Car
73
The First Car in the Bagley Avenue Shed
74
The Rear of the Car the Engine
75
An Invoice from the Indianapolis Chain and Stamping Co
77
The Shed Reconstructed in Greenfield Village
78
The Edison Staff
81
HoytPost
82
A Shot from the Veranda
83
Charles P Steinmetz
84
Never to Bed
86
Back at the Plant
88
Street Scene Detroit Probably 1896
89
Ransom E Olds
90
William C Maybury
92
The First News Story on Henry Fords Second Car 705
105
The Truck Itself
107
143a b James McMillan and Hugh McMillan
108
Dexter Mason Ferry
109
Thomas Witherell Palmer
110
Lem Bowen
111
George Peck
112
Colonel Frank J Hecker
113
Safford S DeLano
114
William Herbert Murphy
115
Clarence A Black
117
The Horse vs the Auto
118
Young Fisherman 1899
121
The Fourth Car
124
The First Ford Giant
126
Papa Writes Edsel
128
Clara Ford 1901
131
Bunting at the Wilson Works
135
Cartoon The Detroit NewsTribune
138
Henri Fournier and the Winton
140
The Way They Rode
141
William Metzgers Shop 1901
143
Winton at the Wheel
145
The Surrey with the Fringe
148
The Fifth Car
149
Young Miss Ethel Barrymore
151
Ellen Terry
152
Letter from Henry
153
Old 999
155
Henry and Edsel
157
Edsel Ford 1902
158
The Scotch Plunger Begins to Operate
159
William Livingstone Jr
160
The Coal Office
162
The Second Giant
163
204a b Henry Fords Construction Teams
165
Margaret Ford
167
206a b The Vicissitudes of Auto Travel
168
the Beginning of the Century
169
John F Dodge
170
207a b c The Anderson Letter
171
John S Gray
174
Albert Strelow
176
Charles II Bennett
177
The First Factory
180
The Minutes of the Directors Meeting November 131903
182
An Early Payroll
183
Inside the First Plant
184
222a b Model A 1903 184185
185
224a b The Turning Point
186
The Company Symbol
188
One of the Versatile Uses of an Automobile
189
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About the author (1963)

The late Sidney Olson had an extensive career serving as city editor of and White House correspondent to the Washington Post and a senior editor of Time, Life, and Fortune. He was involved in the cinema, advertising, and television, and was a scriptwriter for the "Ford Fiftieth Anniversary Show.

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