Henry's Attic: Some Fascinating Gifts to Henry Ford and His Museum
Ford R. Bryan
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Henry's Attic provides fascinating documentation of some of the one million artifacts in the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. The items represent both Henry Ford's passion for collecting Americana and the astonishing array of gifts-some of great historic value and others of a distinctly homegrown variety-that account for almost half of the museum's collections. It was the quantity of these gifts and the unusual and even unique nature of many of them that provided the inspiration for this book.
Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, which Ford established in Dearborn, Michigan in the late 1920s, was intended to recreate the slow-paced, rural character of America before the advent of the automobile. The purchases he made and the gifts he was given reflect his desire to document and preserve the lifeways of common people and to emphasize middle-class rural history, as represented by the tools of agriculture, industry, and transportation.
from ages seven to fifteen. A few months after completing sixth grade, he left the farm for the city, and that, with the exception of a brief stint at a Detroit commercial college, was to be the extent of his formal schooling. The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village were just one manifestation of Henry's efforts to resurrect and preserve the past, to promote the 9 Neg. Henry Ford was a great admirer and friend of Luther Burbank, the renowned American horticulturist. Burbank died in 1926,
the house-building industry. In 1991 the family of William L. and Marjorie M. Graham, owners of the only Dymaxion House prototype still in existence, donated it to the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Assembled in Wichita in 1948, the house was later attached to a large, conventional home. At the time of the donation, it was valued at $550,000. It is scheduled to be reassembled in 1995, in time for the centennial of Buckminster Fuller's birth. Ace. 91.401.1. Photo:© 1960, The Estate of
the years have recorded on film museum and village artifacts and scenes. Their files of over 110,000 photographs have aided immeasurably in depicting the gifts described in this book. Photography for the past thirty years or so can be credited to Carl Malotka, Rudy Ruzicska, Al Harvey, and Tim Hunter. Much of the verbal descriptive material accompanying the photographs in this book is to be credited to the many curators who over the years have examined the artifacts and noted pertinent facts
the 1965 race were spectacular. Records were broken every hour, and for the first time, speeds of over 160 miles per hour became commonplace. Jimmy Clark once again drove for the Lotus team, and he dominated the race, leading the pack for all but ten of the 200 laps in the Lotus-Ford racer shown here. The car's skin-riveted, stressed aluminum body is painted British racing green and has a six-inch yellow stripe. The double overhead camshaft engine developed 510 horsepower at 8,600 revolutions per
that an electric "tram-road" could perform this task, and if the trams could be automatically controlled from stations along the way, it would eliminate the expense of manning them. Back home in Menlo Park, New Jersey, Edison began working on this idea. By the spring of 1880, Edison had an electric locomotive ready to roll on a railroad track one-third of a mile long. Electricity supplied by two generators in Edison's machine shop was carried to the rails by underground wires; the completion of