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.
Ford Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour at the Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan. People gathered at the Ford Airport in Michigan during the Ford Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour. People along the side of the airfield in front of the airport building. An aircraft in flight. A Ford Trimotor prepares to take off from the airfield. People beside another Ford Trimotor. 'Ford' and '23' written on the aircraft. The Ford Trimotor taxis and takes off from the airfield. A group of men watch the aircraft. A biplane on the airfield. Several people on the airfield. A man holding a flag walks with a woman among the crowd. Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and Edsel Ford, Henry Ford's son and President of Ford Motor Company and William B.Stout, an executive at the Ford Motor Company, with another man standing and talking on the airfield. William Stout and the man walk away. Henry Ford and Edsel Ford walk together behind them. Henry Ford and Edsel Ford on the airfield talking to another man. A large crowd beside an aircraft on the airport. A man getting into the cockpit of the aircraft.
Ford Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour at the Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan. People gathered at the Ford Airport in Michigan during the Ford Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour. A few men walk towards an aircraft. An aircraft flying low over the airfield. People walking about on the airfield. The aircraft in flight. A trimotor taxing in the airfield and taking off. A biplane taxis and take off, another aircraft taxis and take off. People beside an aircraft. Men taking pictures of a biplane aircraft. A group of people beside the biplane. The biplane taxis and takes off. Several men on the field. One of the men holds a flag. The man flags off aircraft. Another aircraft flagged off. The aircraft takes off one after the other. Three men on the field talking. One of them holding a book. People beside a Ford Trimotor. 'Ford' and '23' written on the aircraft. The Ford Trimotor taxis and takes off. Another aircraft taxis on the field and takes off. Groups of men on either side watch the aircraft. Three men standing on the airfield and talking.
Views of the Ford motor company plant in Dearborn,Michigan. A Model-A moving on rough test roads during a test drive. Repeated scenes of the Model-A driving fast over railroad tracks (becoming slightly airborne),and driving over rough railroad ties. A brief view of the odometer and speedometer, with the speed increasing to 50 miles per hour.
A Ford biplane at the Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan. A panoramic view of the plane. An airplane hangar. Men at a distance. Parked planes in the hangar. The side of a plane reads 'Ford'.