National Geographic : 1945 Oct
1st with a continuous process of glass making In 1923, a red hot ribbon of plate glass began to flow from a fur nace in the Ford Rouge plant. Year after year, this ribbon poured out... rolled into a long cooling oven ... moved onto the polishing line to be finished and cut into crystal-clear sheets. This was the first continuous process of glass making... capa ble of producing more than three miles of plate glass every day. Started in a limited way in 1920, this process was conceived by Henry Ford to make possible the use of finest quality plate glass in low priced cars. And it hastened another great Ford "first"... safety glass as stand ard equipment "all around." Following his usual policy, Mr. Ford made the continuous proc ess available to all Industry with out royalties. Thus, throughout the world, people came to enjoy the beauty and utility of plate glass, not only in their automo biles but in their homes as well. Ford will produce many more such "firsts" in the future-to the lasting benefit of every owner of Ford-built cars and trucks. EXPECT THE "FIRSTS" FROM FORD!