How much did Henry's Ford
change America and History,
The change in everyone life, like
it or not. How he did it in pictures.
Bugie life, auto machine shop, flat belt drive
machine tools, auto-experiments. his
First success-full 1903 Car and how it
was made. Note -All pictures are from archive
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Thomas-Edison-in-older-years and his
dynamo. From HFM museum collection.
And look at the machines that came before him to
get to that point. Hook-up-the-Buggy,
IX. GAS AND LIGHT
A good time is 2nd.
What Detroit looked like in the early nineties. Here is the Campus Martius, looking south. The Campus Martius and the Grand Circus, a half mile north, were the hubs of the citiy. On the left a
beer wagon is driving away over the cobbles; on the right a horsecar and a long rank of hansom cabs. The corner of Michigan and Woodward, filled with awnings, open streetcars, and a
scurrying small dog. The Majestic Building has still to be erected on the corner where the awnings are; it was recently demolished to make way for a new skyscraper, the Federal Savings and
Loan Building; and on the left is the old City Hall, also just demolished to create a parking area. And the old Detroit Police Station, complete with a police patrol wagon.
If you look at the pictures a little, you will see why it is impossible to make a movie that recaptures another time. No matter how accurate the research, how careful the costumes, how honest
the intent, there is something missing, and it is not a matter of clothes or geography. We are different because we do not think the thoughts they did, nor know the things they did, nor move the
way they did. So it is all gone, with each generation, as our own grandchildren will look at our pictures and wonder.
Life in most of the United States in the 1890's was much like that in the pictures: quiet, dreamy, spacious. The land was still empty of people and things. When it is impossible to get anywhere
in a hurry, no one hurries. This imparts a comfortahle pace to events.
Life was no picnic, then, anymore than it ever was or ever will be; but there were no nerves, no ulcers, no psychiatrists, almost no telephones, and night-life meant being out after dinnertime.
Ford 1903 side view auto from collection of
Henry Ford Museum.
greenfield-village-first-car-That was a real
success-note simularity to the 1903 Cadillac