The Model T is such an icon, such a legend, that we sometimes take for granted the role it played, not just in automotive history, but in helping develop North America. It changed lives, it changed lifestyles, it changed our national economies. The Model T also revolutionised the way cars are built, which is why the video I'm recommending here is a "must see."
This rare film was taken in the Ford factory, with footage of workers doing many of the small, repetitive details that were part of their jobs. They were happy to have those jobs but the dozens of women lined up at their worktables must have been bored with the routine. Don't miss the shots of wooden wheels being hand-built for, lovely as those wheels seem today, it took a lot of effort to create something that a stamping machine and paint vat would later accomplish in seconds.
Finally, note the finished cars coming out of the Highland Park factory. Suggesting the many variations available, they reminded me of the 100th anniversary celebrations in Indiana that I was privileged to attend a couple of summers ago. With nearly 1000 T's on show, I was astounded by the variety of body styles, racing and sports versions, and commercial variants that came out of the Ford factories. Complete with an informative voice-over, the brief but revealing film is worthy of your time.
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