By Ford R. Bryan
This paintings presents documentation of a few of the single million artifacts within the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.
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When his financial backers and the stockholders of his company urged him to forge ahead with production, he took an uncharacteristically cautious stance, insisting on more time for research and development. As a result of the delay, his company fell apart, and only two prototypes of the house were ever built—both of them for the United States Army Air Corps. Thus ended the plans for the house that might have given employment to hundreds of former munitions workers and that just might have revolutionized the house-building industry.
The selectmen had refused the gift on the grounds that the town was too poor to assume the care of the property; apparently, too, the selectmen had been concerned about a loss of tax revenue. Believing that a museum setting would best preserve the windmill from the ravages of time and vandalism, Gleason and two descendants of the mill's early owners wrote to Henry Ford urging him to accept the Ford Dealers' gift. " As it turned out, the windmill was installed at Greenfield Village in the summer of 1936, and there it still stands today.
The smoking and scraping processes, too, required careful attention to detail. Later, Edison also used the carbon produced in this shed for the filaments in his electric lamps. Carbon shed interior Neg. 17032. GIFTS TO GREENFIELD VILLAGE 31 Menlo Park Glass House When Edison first began his experiments with incandescent electric lamps, he had to have someone take the fragile filaments in a suitcase to Philadelphia, where a glassblower encased them in bulbs. The inconvenience of this arrangement and the many broken filaments that resulted prompted Edison to create his own glassblowing shop.