Henry Ford works on historical preservation project. McGuffey readers are seen. Sketch of Ford family farm in Springwells, Michigan. View of homestead at the farm, that Ford restores. He examines the farm's steam engine. The historic Wayside Inn, in Sudbury, Massachusetts, which Ford purchased to construct a community of historic buildings. View of the restored Botsford Inn,Detroit, Michigan, that Ford bought in 1924.View of Eagle Tavern, in Clinton, Michigan,before,and,after its purchase and restoration by Henry Ford. Concerned about need for additional buildings to house artifacts, Henry Ford consulting with Detroit architect,Robert O. Derrick (with mustache) and two other men. Derrick's plan for the Henry Ford museum is unrolled. It borrows from Independence Hall, Congress Hall, and the old City Hall in Philadelphia.Views of the Clock Tower and museum, as completed in 1929. A pictorial map of the Edison Institute Museum and Historical Greenfield Village, in Dearborn, Michigan. View of construction begun in 1927. Thomas A. Edison laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, that Ford acquired for Greenfield Village. On a windy September 17, 1928, Thomas A. Edison steps from a car, and pauses before entering the doorway of his restored laboratory, in Greenfield Village. Henry and Mrs.Ford step from their car to quickly join him in the building.Edsel Ford and his wife, also follow. Inside the building, Edison officially open the site by starting a steam engine in the laboratory. Ford and Edison converse (Ford speaking close to Edison's ear, because he is hard of hearing). Later, Edison, in a cornerstone ceremony, imbeds, a shovel contributed by Luther Burbank, and then writes in cement of the cornerstone.Newspapers show coverage of the formal dedication of the museum and Greenfield village, October 21, 1929. Workers rushing the Village toward completion for that event. The Smithcreek Railroad depot is moved to the Village. Workers preparing installation of the depot.
Mix of scenes covering Henry Ford and his Model T cars, Model Ts travel through a stream and along rutted roads and through snow. Ford Model Ts equipped with special wheels travel on the rails along a railroad trestle. One drives slowly along a large pipeline. Views inside Ford auto factory of assembly line operations. Car hoods being pressed into shape. Car bodies on assembly line. Engine blocks moving on conveyer. Car bodies being placed on chassis. Henry Ford walking along garden path at his home, Fairlane, in Dearborn Michigan. Glimpse of Henry Ford joking with Scottish comedian, Harry Lauder, in 1914. Henry ford tinkering with an old steam engine, and later, driving one of his tractors. Ford in his office conferring with employees. Family gathering as Edsel Ford is about to embark on a transcontinental trip with Model T Ford cars, on May 5, 1924. The Fords doing country dances together. Henry Ford camping with Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs (later seen driving a 1918 Ford Model T). Views of the men (who called themselves the "Four Vagabonds," as they dine under a tent and use a large Lazy Susan table. Ford speaking directly into Edison's right ear (he was hard of hearing) while Firestone looks on, amused. Edsel Ford with his father outdoors, and in the Ford factory. Father and son sitting by the Quadricycle with
a 1936 white Ford sedan behind them. Portrait of Henry Ford. Luxury limousine at a mansion. It has no right side door for the chauffeur, and a right hand steering wheel (British built?) Woman enters and luxurious interior is described. Chauffeur enters at left door and slides across seat to right-side steering wheel. Lincoln chauffeured limousine passes and parks in front of a Model T. May 1927, men assemble the body onto the 15 millionth Model T car, and it drives away with Henry Ford as passenger. Old Ford cars brought into plant where they are seen being crushed and scrapped, and their steel recycled into new cars.
United States Navy Dirigible Los Angeles (ZR-3, and originally LZ-126) attached to a mooring tower, at Ford Airport, Dearborn, Michigan.. Views down the length of the flying airship Los Angeles with 'US Navy' written on it in large letters, and "Los Angeles" on it in smaller letters near the tail. Huge crowd gathered at base of the tower.
Delegates of the Pan American Highway Commission present a gift after a month-long tour of the United States in 1924. Ceremony at the Pan American Union in Washington DC. Tablet is unveiled inscribed with the title 'Highway of Friendship', and presented as a gift to the Highway Education Board. The first line of the tablet reads, "Commemorative of the Official visit of the Pan American Highway Commission to the District of Columbia and the states of North Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey June 2 to July 3, 1924. The happiness and prosperity of the people of the United States have been greatly enhanced by your definite program of Highway education...." U.S. Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg accepts the tablet and speaks to those gathered.
The Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour for the Edsel B Ford Trophy at Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan. A map depicts the path to be followed by the aircraft through 11 cities, during the Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour for the Edsel B Ford Trophy, taking off at the Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan. Several people gathered on the airfield at night. Fireworks in the sky at Dearborn airfield. Radio airplane flights featured at the airfield.
Large group of spectators gathers at Ford airport, Dearborn, Michigan. A Ford-Stout 2-AT passenger and mail transport aircraft ,one of several having the name, "Maiden Dearborn" , which is written on its tail along with: "Ford Airport of Michigan." The Ford logo is painted on its fuselage, as is "U.S. Mail." The field is snow covered. Aircraft taxis out with"assistance" from well-meaning spectators who push on the empennage as the plane moves. The airplane taxis to end of field and takes off.