Expert Sets

The experts at The Henry Ford have carefully created these sets. Explore a specific topic or use these as a foundation for building your own collection.

The experts at The Henry Ford have carefully created these sets. Explore a specific topic or use these as a foundation for building your own collection.

Just Added to Our Digital Collections

Created 01.24.2016 | 22 artifacts

Browse selected artifacts recently added to The Henry Ford's digital collections. These are just a handful of the more than 800 new items digitized in March 2019.

View Set

Ex Libris

Created 04.11.2019 | 26 artifacts

Bookplates, or ex libris, were commonly used in the late 19th and 20th centuries to mark ownership of books and to express personal style. The bookplates in this set -- only a sampling of those in the collection of The Henry Ford -- capture common design trends, as well as the individual tastes of the influential people who used them.

View Set

Sightseeing Vehicles

Created 04.09.2019 | 12 artifacts

Sometimes getting there isn't just half the fun -- it's all the fun! Horse-drawn surreys, railroad excursion cars, tour buses, and open-deck boats provided tourists with panoramic views of the passing scenery. Whether traveling through natural splendors, or touring through vibrant cities, these vehicles allowed their passengers to experience all the surrounding sights and sounds from the comfort and convenience of a moving seat.

View Set

School Buses

Created 04.09.2019 | 11 artifacts

As rural schools consolidated and good roads spread, motorized school buses became a part of student life. The bus business thrived through much of the 20th century, first due to consolidation and later when baby boomers headed off to class. Automakers, truck manufacturers, and specialized builders produced a range of buses that promised safety for students and economy for schools.

View Set

Collecting through the Decades: 1940s

Created 03.25.2019 | 8 artifacts

The Henry Ford marks its 90th anniversary in 2019. In celebration, The Henry Ford's curators have taken a decade-by-decade look at how our collections have grown -- through significant additions and evolving philosophies. This set looks at some of the objects and archives collected during the 1940s.

View Set

Norman Rockwell in the Collections of The Henry Ford

Created 02.27.2019 | 19 artifacts

The selection of material in this set represents the span of Norman Rockwell's entire working life, from the 1910s to the 1970s. While The Henry Ford's collections contain a few original illustrations -- created for Ford Motor Company's 50th anniversary in 1953 -- most of its holdings are works in reproduction, used for advertising, magazine and book covers, and greeting cards.

View Set

Collecting through the Decades: 1930s

Created 02.25.2019 | 11 artifacts

The Henry Ford marks its 90th anniversary in 2019. In celebration, The Henry Ford's curators have taken a decade-by-decade look at how our collections have grown -- through significant additions and evolving philosophies. This set looks at some of the objects and archives collected during the 1930s.

View Set

Collecting through the Decades: Beginnings

Created 02.21.2019 | 12 artifacts

The Henry Ford marks its 90th anniversary in 2019. In celebration, The Henry Ford's curators have taken a decade-by-decade look at how our collections have grown -- through significant additions and evolving philosophies. This set looks at our beginnings -- the objects and archives that represent our earliest collection vision.

View Set

Bicycle Racing

Created 02.14.2019 | 12 artifacts

Bicycle races captivated Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Professional and amateur cyclists competed in speed and endurance events staged on indoor and outdoor tracks, public roads, and off-road courses. Some bicycle racers, notably Barney Oldfield, later moved into motorsports. The items in this set provide a glimpse into bicycle racing’s early years.

View Set

Technological Innovations at La-Z-Boy

Created 02.07.2019 | 19 artifacts

In 1927, Edwin Shoemaker and Edward Knabusch -- cousins with a shared interest in building things -- founded a furniture-making business. Their ambition to create new products (and to improve upon existing ones) became a defining characteristic of the company. This group of artifacts represents La-Z-Boy's history of innovation motivated by consumers' ever-changing tastes and demands.

View Set