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Painting a Scene, Cementing an Image: Depicting Henry Ford’s Youth

Henry Ford 150 years chrome sealWe take for granted the ease with which we capture memories today. Our ever-present smartphones, combined with social media services, allow us to record and share our lives with others instantaneously.

Cameras weren’t household items during Henry Ford’s youth. When he decided to record his childhood memories in the 1930s, Ford had to do so with the help of artist Irving Bacon. The resulting artworks not only captured the aging industrialist’s fondest recollections of his youth, they cemented his folk-hero status as a mechanically-inclined dreamer who grew up to change the world.

To read more about this month’s Pic, chosen by Curator of Transportation Matt Anderson, take a look at our Pic of the Month archive.