1896 - Henry Ford gets ready to test drive the first Quadricycle (a.k.a. Car). Only one problem – They didn’t make the garage door big enough. Out comes the Ax – A couple chops and a wider door was created. The car ran 2 speed, but could not go in reverse.
2003 – Palm board of directors announce they have unanimously approved an agreement for Pam to purchase Handspring – one of its rivals in the PDA market. The deal is all stock realted where Handspring stockholders would get .09 cents of a share of Palm and no shares of PalmSource (Palm shares were at $13.89 and Handspring were at $1.27). The deal would be worth $169 million.
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I got to walk around the Henry Ford Museum the other week before heading to the North American International Auto Show. Of course I was there earlier in the year and created the post – Visiting the Henry Ford Museum.
Here are some additional photos from the museum. Some parts have been added since I was last there. Enjoy!
1914 – Although the Model T has been around since 1908, the first Ford Model T that was made on an assembly line was completed. This, of course, brought a new wave to the Auto and manufacturing industries. Ford has since been a leader in cars in the US.Interesting side-note: Henry Ford was on the cover of Time Magazine on Jan 14, 1935.
If you have never been to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn Michigan, then you are missing a museum of tech history. More than just cars, Henry Ford was an avid historian. He loved to preserve the past so you could see it in the future.
The Henry Ford Museum is also more than just cars. Furniture, tractors, generators – this is only the tip of the iceberg to this place. I had only two hours to look around this place, and I only saw one tenth of the museum.
So I am going to show this in parts. Next time I am out there, I am going to make part 2, then part 3, and so on. The room of timepieces alone could take up 2 hours!
Starting in the Fast Lane
We looked at a couple cars before I got into the aisle of sports cars. There, I saw the 1903 Packard Model F runabout (a cross-country vehicle), the 1902 Ford 999 Oval track, the 1965 Lotus Indy car, 1965 goldenrod that held the land speed record for 25 years at 409 MPH.
Looking at the Campers
I look at the 1959 VW Westfalia, the 1949 Airstream trailwind, and the 1927 Gilke Tent trailer. These were ways to either camp, active RV or live off the ground. It reminds me of the days of camping with the family. I think the VW bus is the same model my Grandma had…
Ford also has a display of generators at the museum. I walk through and see the Highland Park engineer generator of 1912. This generated 4,000 kW. I also look at the 1897 alternating current generator that supplied power to the bunker hill and Sullivan silver mine in Idaho. I look at the inside of a Turbine generator, a Marine steam engine from 1875, and the Edison GE company Dynamic that put out 200 kW.
The first wienermobile came out in 1936, but this is the oldest known model around. This 1952 model was built by the Gerstenslager Company. They used a Dodge chassis for that model.
First Ford Tractor
Looking at the first Ford tractor, I would have hated to drive that around for 12-14 hours a day. But in retrospect, the alternate would have been much worse. I take a look at some of the farm implements that you would see at the Henry Ford Museum.
In all, it was only a glimpse of what was in there. There was a lot more in the museum, including furniture of the centuries, timepieces, and parts of towns. I plan to be back there soon to record a lot more and get it out to you.