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Old 08-19-2021, 03:21 PM   #1
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Did you guys know that at one time, dealerships were urged/bludgeoned into having a photo of him in the showroom? Or so I have heard. Back in the '60s I went into an older dealership in a small Southern town and there was a yellowed photo in a prominent position in the showroom....
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Old 08-19-2021, 03:39 PM   #2
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And...No Picture!
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Henry Ford was one of the most well-known people of that day and age and it'd make sense to me that they'd want to use his likeness in their showrooms. A sort of spokesperson before that was a thing. Think of Dave Thomas in Wendy's.

A lot of the era showroom images have the photo of Henry prominently displayed.

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Not just Henry but Edsel also. I bought both of their pictures out of a closed Ford dealership about 20 years ago.
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One of the posters in the original set of showroom posters issued by Ford for the introduction of The New Ford, included one poster of Henry Ford.

Here is that poster hanging on the wall behind the new Tudor. You can see three other showroom posters from that set hanging around the walls as well (showing the various new Ford cars):


(Note that this photo is of the introduction of The New Ford in Sweden, but the showroom poster set was the same one that was used in the USA.)


Here is a closeup of that poster of Henry Ford:


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Drew Ford in La Mesa CA had a picture of Henry handing the franchise paperwork to Joe Drew on display in the showroom. Now a Penske dealership. I suspect the family kept the photo. Too, there was a Model on the showroom floor from time to time. Building was modeled after the Ford Rotunda
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Gustafson Ford in Kewanee, Illinois where we buy our Fords has prominent photos of Henry Ford AND big period photos of Model T-A-V/8's displayed around the dealership even today. The lady at the receptionist's desk has a big picture of Henry-Thomas Edison- and Harvey Firestone behind her on the wall taken at Henry's place in Ft. Meyers, Florida circa 1927.

One of my favorites is a '35 ton and a half Ford wrecker with a dealership's name and the V-8 emblem painted on the truck.

You can go to Ford and order big matte framed pictures just like the kind that they have displayed around the Dearborn Inn. Neat stuff!

Sorry I had a link to that but can't seem to find it.
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Thanks Brad for sharing the photos and ericr for the information.
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Here's another one from the debut of the Model A.



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Hitler had a photo of him too.
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In the Ford dealerships ? Hahaha
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Almost looks funeralish.............

1st picture in the post........that front hood to radiator gap looks like mine!
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well i don't feel bad about my oil leak anymore, in that first photo of the new model A there is an oil drip on the floor.

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Almost looks funeralish.............

1st picture in the post........that front hood to radiator gap looks like mine!
I saw that too but I suspect they left the hood unlatched to facilitate showing the engine to viewers. Remember this was a massive event in that time frame.
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In he 60's at the local Ford dealership they used to sneak in the new model cars at night on a transport truck They unloaded them and would park a couple in the showroom and wrap them in heavy brown butcher's wrap paper so they couldn't be seen until the grand opening, a day they had cake and coffee and all sorts of giveaways. A couple would go out to the owner's farm where he hid them in a barn.

Fun times and the owner's son had bragging rights at school because he had seen the new model cars before we did!! We were all jealous
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In he 60's at the local Ford dealership they used to sneak in the new model cars at night on a transport truck They unloaded them and would park a couple in the showroom and wrap them in heavy brown butcher's wrap paper so they couldn't be seen until the grand opening, a day they had cake and coffee and all sorts of giveaways. A couple would go out to the owner's farm where he hid them in a barn.

Fun times and the owner's son had bragging rights at school because he had seen the new model cars before we did!! We were all jealous
Back in the '50s and '60s I remember touring dealerships with my Dad and trying to talk the salespeople into letting us look at the new model cars a few days before official release date. He pretty religiously traded in on a new car every three years.

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Old 08-27-2021, 07:06 PM   #17
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Here is one from Australia, you can see some of the showroom posters that Brad is talking about, although these are probably the Canadian Version. Has anyone seen the windshield poster before? I wonder what it says?
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