National Geographic : 1958 Jul
Motorists in Dusters and Goggles Pilot a Steamer Down the Green Henry Ford, a tireless collector of antiques, found he owned so many things that he could scarcely get a look at them. The idea grew on him of displaying his treas ures; he wanted to give future generations a tangible picture of the life their ancestors led, especially the men of America's Indus trial Revolution. Accordingly, he erected Greenfield Village. In some 90 buildings, more than half of them transplanted originals-from black smith shop to gristmill, from shoeshop to tintype studio-he housed his wealth of Americana and opened it to the public. To Greenfield each year come some 250 horseless carriages from all over the coun try. For two autumn days they chug about the extensive grounds, basking in the ad miration of old-car buffs, competing in tests of driving skill, and providing a brightly burnished history of automotive progress. This 1903 Stanley Steamer can hiss along at 40 miles an hour. A gasoline flame fires its boiler; the car cruises 40 miles on two gallons of fuel and 20 gallons of water. The slender tower of Martha-Mary Chapel-a memorial to the mothers of Mr. and Mrs. Ford-dominates the north end of the Village Green. Grand champion receives bowl and buss from a flapper-costumed official for his 1923 Stutz Bearcat, best of the 1917-1925 class. y il Kodachrome (left) and Anscochrome by National 99 Geographic Photographer Neal P. Davis © N.G .S.