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Ford Motor Company: The First 100 Years

Ford Motor Company: The First 100 YearsA Celebration of Historic Photographs

Compiled by the company's corporate historian, Bob Kriepke, the book chronicles Ford's history with a series of photographs accompanied by informative text. Included are Ford family pictures, old promotional fliers, candid photos of Ford employees at work, blueprints, and eye-opening panoramic shots... more

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Compiled by the company's corporate historian, Bob Kriepke, the book chronicles Ford's history with a series of photographs accompanied by informative text. Included are Ford family pictures, old promotional fliers, candid photos of Ford employees at work, blueprints, and eye-opening panoramic shots of Ford complexes and products. In short, it is a compelling and fascinating look at Ford Motor Company's first century. The book begins with a rare photo of Henry Ford as a young man and the farmhouse in which he grew up. It documents Ford's early attempts at establishing his own company, including his success on the racetrack to interest investors. Once he launched Ford Motor Company he never looked back. Efficient factory and product design coupled with innovative ideas has kept Ford Motor Company at the forefront of the industry ever since. Among the most interesting photographs are images of Ford relaxing with friend and mentor Thomas Edison, a wide angle shot of thousands of Model Ts straight off the production line, early tractor prototypes, futuristic car designs from the 1930s, Ford racing cars throughout the years, and com-memorative events ranging from the millionth Ford car to the 100th year of Ford racing in 2001. Product photographs include numerous Ford vehicles on the drawing board and assembly line, such as Thunderbird, Mustang, Probe and Bronco, along with some tanks and ambulances from World War I and World War II. This collection of Ford photographs provides a fascinating glimpse at the men and women who have shaped the company throughout the years and celebrates the vehicles that have made Ford Motor Company an American icon.