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Fun Facts About Ford's History You Never Knew

December 20, 2017

Fun Facts About Ford's History You Never Knew

Let’s be honest.  The Ford Company harbors a rich history.  This is one of the world’s earliest carmakers after all.  So how can this company not be filled with plenty of fun facts?

Today, we’re going to list our favorite facts about Ford’s history.  As a company more than a century old, you already know there’s some fun stuff to be found here.  So if you’re ready to learn some stuff about Ford you never previously knew, then join along with us!

 

The Ford Brand Still Runs in the Family

If you research Ford today, you’ll quickly find the current chairman is named William Clay Ford Jr. 

No, that last name is no witty coincidence.  Instead, this man is the great grandson of Henry Ford—the starter of the Ford Company.

Until 2006, William Clay Ford Jr. even served as the president, CEO, and COO of the company.  Of course, this is a pretty big job for one man alone to handle.  So Ford Jr. handed these roles to former Boeing executive Alan Mulally.

 

Talk about AfFORDable

Here’s a shocker—the first Ford sold for only $850.  Okay, so this did occur back in 1903, so there were some economic differences back then.  But still, you won’t find a brand new Ford for that price today.

For those curious, this was a Model A Ford.  Under the hood of this old time hot rod sat a two-cylinder 30 hp engine.  Back in the day, that spec was pretty incredible.

The man who bought this two-seater was a dentist named Ernest Pfenning.

 

Ford’s Oval Logo Wasn’t Always Oval

The first Ford logo was more of a decorative circle shape.  And inside of this circle read Ford Motor Co. Detroit Michigan.

The cursive Ford lettering we’re all familiar with would not become introduced until 1906—But this was just jet-black lettering

The first oval would not enter the logo until 1907.  And the silver and blue accents we all know and love today would not be introduced until as late as 1976.  So, the modern Ford logo took quite a while before it reached its current form.

 

Breath Taking Moment

Here’s one that’s a bit weird (but interesting none the less!).

Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were pretty close friends.  Upon Ford’s request, Edison’s son captured his father’s last breath and sealed it in a tube. 

The tube was then given to Henry Ford, which he kept for the remainder of his life. 

 

Sky’s the Limit

Did you know Ford engaged in aviation? 

To help with the WWI efforts, Ford launched the Ford Airplane Company.

Never heard of it?

Well, there’s a reason for that.

The company closed its doors in 1933 because no one was buying these planes.  But even with that said, the US Centennial of Flight Commission acknowledges Ford as one of the contributors to modern flight—a pretty cool accomplishment if we say so ourselves.

 

Ford was Charlie Brown’s TV debut

Nope, it wasn’t the Christmas special that introduced the Peanuts cast to the silver screen.  Instead it was a 1959 Ford commercial that brought the Peanuts gang to life for the first time ever.

While the Peanuts Christmas special certainly brought the Charlie Brown films to audiences, these Ford commercials predated this American Christmas tradition by a full six years.

 

Fighting For Labor Rights Before it was Cool

How do you keep employee retention rates at a good level?

Well, you start by paying them well.

In 1914 Ford paid its employees double the market average.  This was dubbed as Henry Ford’s $5-a-day.

Employees would also work shorter days when compared to laborers in similar industries.

This made a pretty sizable impact on the American economy.  In fact, it was these Ford jobs that shaped the American middle class of the time

All of this really was a prime example of Henry Ford backing up his words with actions.  Ford constantly stated he wanted his employees to earn a life not just a living.

 

Breaking through the other side of those Ford doors

The Doors are a pretty iconic band, right?

Well, did you know front man Jim Morrison only owned one car in all his life?  It happened to be a 1967 Shelby GT 500.

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