Model T Advertising In Ford Times and Other Periodicals

The Model T Ford upon its introduction in 1908 as a 1909 model was destined to be the world’s most popular and best selling car. It was replacing Ford’s Models N – R and S, already the world’s best selling and most popular cars.

Back cover of a 1911 Ford Times sows racing events in England. Of course a Ford won!

Ford advertising took many forms. There were advertisements placed in trade journals such as The Automobile, and advertisements in popular magazines such as Life and Harper’s Weekly. There were newspaper advertisements, post cards, and of course the in – house publication known as Ford Times.

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A Trip to Model T Haven

 

As the automobile industry evolved cars became faster and easier to operate. By the 1930’s automobiles were significantly better than cars built even ten years prior. Old “jalopies” with wooden framed bodies and two wheel brakes were considered dangerous. Many an old car was pushed to the back of the house or under an old tree on the back forty, never to be used again.

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Fixing a Flat Tire

We all try to be prepared when setting out on a tour in our Model T’s. The photo above shows Edsel Ford’s 1915 touring just prior to departure from Detroit on his epic drive to San Francisco to visit the 1915 Pan American Exposition. Edsel and the crew at Ford Motor Company tried to think of everything he might need on the trip. We can see many period accessories on his car, including wire wheels, rope, and even a rifle scabbard secured between the spare tire rack and the driver. We know that Edsel and his car suffered several flat tires as well as ruined wheels on his month long drive. It really puts things in perspective when you have a flat tire to fix on your Model T.

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Cobb X Shinn, Witt and other Model T Ford Post Cards

This week we will have the privilege of seeing a lot more vintage post cards depicting humor that involved America’s most popular automobile – the Model T Ford. Truly the king of Model T comic post card illustrators was Cobb X Shinn, but he was not alone. Many of the cards we see today are signed “Witt”, we don’t know who Mr. Witt was but clearly he was quite talented too. Other Model T joke cards were, like the example above, not signed at all but very funny.

The cards seen here are primarily from the collection of Erwin “Irv” Plagman. Mr. Plagman is no longer with us, but we hope he is looking down upon us and enjoying what his son is sharing with us here today.

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2018 Farmington Minnesota 28th Annual T Reunion Tour / Swap Meet and Show

It is 7:45 AM Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Farmington Minnesota fairgrounds camping area. We pulled in and started unloading. It was a beautiful morning, about 60 degrees F. Wet dew was on the grass. It looked like a perfect day for a Model T tour! The peaceful morning was the perfect backdrop as first one, then two, then several Model T’s puttered, coughed, and snorted to life.

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