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Young Henry Ford

A Picture History of the First Forty Years

by Sidney Olson

Automotive Studies, Biography, History, Michigan

Great Lakes Books Series

Published: December 2016
ISBN: 9780814343050
Pages: 208 Size: 8.5x11
Illustrations: 229 black and white photographs
Published: June 1963
ISBN: 9780814312247
Pages: 208 Size: 8.5x11
Illustrations: 229 black and white photographs
Published: June 1963
ISBN: 9780814339954

Young Henry Ford is a visual and textual presentation of the first forty years of Henry Ford—an American farm boy who became one of the greatest manufacturers of modern times and profoundly impacted the habits of American life. In Young Henry Ford, Sidney Olson dispels some of the myths attached to this automobile legend, going beyond the Henry Ford of mass production and the five-dollar day, and offers a more intimate understanding of Henry Ford and the time he lived in.

Through hundreds of restored photographs, including some of Ford's own taken with his first camera, Young Henry Ford revisits an America now gone—of long days on the farm, travel by horse and buggy, and one-room schoolhouses. Some of the rare illustrations include the first picture of Henry Ford, photos from Edsel's childhood, snapshots of the interior and exterior of the Ford homestead, Clara and Henry's wedding invitation, and photos of the early stages of the first automobile.

The late Sidney Olson had an extensive career serving as city editor of and White House correspondent to the Washington Post and a senior editor of Time, Life, and Fortune. He was involved in the cinema, advertising, and television, and was a scriptwriter for the "Ford Fiftieth Anniversary Show."