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1Title:  Coloring book collection, 1894-ongoing (bulk 1952-1975) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  AC_02 
 Creator:  Benson Ford Research Center 
 Abstract:  The coloring book collection consists of books containing line drawings, primarily for children to paint or color. Many, but not all, of these books are souvenirs of tourist sites or museums including Colonial Williamsburg, The Adirondack Museum, Shelburne Museum, Hagley Museum and The Smithsonian. Other general topics include pilgrims, the founding fathers, Christmas and the first moon landing. Coloring books of local interest include a 1987 book entitled "A Special Gift to Children, Henry and Clara Ford's Santa's Workshop" and the 1990 "Old Fashioned Farm Life Coloring Book, Nineteenth-Century Activities on the Firestone Farm and Greenfield Village". 
 Subjects:  Firestone Farm. | Fair Lane (Dearborn, Mich.) | Children--Travel | Coloring for children | Creative activities and seat work | Museums | Tourism | Travel | Coloring books 
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2Title:  Exhibitions and World's Fair collection, 1848-1986 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  Assembled 
 Creator:  Benson Ford Research Center. 
 Abstract:  The Exhibitions and World's Fairs Collection consists of a variety of ephemeral materials related to expositions and exhibitions. 
 Subjects:  Exhibitions--20th century. | Tourism | Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.) | Texas Centennial (1936 : Dallas, Tex.) | California Pacific International Exposition (1935-1936 : San Diego, Calif.) | New York World's Fair (1939-1940) | New York World's Fair (1964-1965) | Advertisements | Brochures | Certificates | Circulars | Clippings | Announcements | Guidebooks | Invitations | Maps | Menus | Periodicals | Programs (documents) | Booklets | Souvenirs | Stamps | Stationery | Tickets | Admission tickets 
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3Title:  Detroit Publishing Company collection, 1880-1936 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  37.102 
 Creator:  Detroit Publishing Company 
 Abstract:  The Detroit Publishing Company was one of the major image publishers in the world for nearly 30 years from 1895 to 1924. The company produced prints of landscapes and city scenes across the United States and around the world. Incorporated in 1895 as the Photochrom Company in Detroit, Michigan, it was known until 1905 as the Detroit Photographic Company, and then the Detroit Publishing Company. The collection consists of photographic prints, postcards, and color prints with subjects dating from the 1880s through the 1910s. 
 Subjects:  Detroit Publishing Co. | Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942 | African Americans | Agriculture | Amusements | Architecture | Beaches | Cities and towns | Industry | Landscapes | Manufacturing industries | Mineral industries | National parks and reserves | Native Americans | Parks | Railroads | Recreation | Resorts | Rock formations | Rural roads | Shipping | Ships | Sports | Tourism | Travel | Vehicles | Waterfalls | Waterscapes | Waterways | Asia | Canada | Europe | Grand Canyon (Ariz.) | South America | United States | Yellowstone National Park | Yosemite National Park (Calif.) | Panoramas | Photographs | Photographic prints | Photolithographs | Post Cards 
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4Title:  Ford Rotunda Lantern Slides series, 1948-1962 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  74.300.1182 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Photographic Department 
 Abstract:  The Ford Rotunda was used for many purposes, including exhibit space and office space, from 1934 until it was destroyed by a fire in 1962. The Ford Rotunda Lantern Slides series contains glass lantern slides documenting Ford Motor Company's activities at the Rotunda building. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Henry, 1917-1987. | Kahn, Albert Eugene, 1912-1979. | Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983 | Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands, 1909- | Ford Motor Company. Photographic Department. | Ford Motor Company--Buildings. | Ford Motor Company--Tours. | Ford Rotunda (Dearborn, Mich.) | Ford Motor Company. Rouge River Plant | Ford Motor Company--Anniversaries, etc. | Ford Motor Company--Exhibitions. | Century 21 Exposition (1962: Seattle, Wash.) | Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934: Chicago, Ill.) | Exhibition buildings | Exhibit booths | Automobile industry and trade | Rotundas | Tourism | Horticultural exhibitions | Celebrities | Dearborn (Mich.)--Buildings. | Lantern slides 
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5Title:  Research Center Travel Literature Collection, 1826-2019 (bulk 1905-1985) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  RC.26 
 Creator:  Henry Ford (Organization). Benson Ford Research Center 
 Abstract:  The Travel Literature Collection is gathered from many sources and covers the period from 1826 to the present. The collection is ongoing. One of the major contributors was the American Automobile Association of Michigan. 
 Subjects:  Air travel | Amusement parks | Automobile travel | Bed and breakfast accommodations | Bus travel | Historic parks | Historic sites | Hotels | International travel | Motels | Museums | National parks and reserves | Ocean travel | Railroad travel | Restaurants | Tourism | Tourist camps, hostels, etc. | Travel | U.S. states | American Automobile Association | Disneyland (Calif.) | Grand Canyon (Ariz.) | Walt Disney World (Fla.) | Niagara Falls National Heritage Area (N.Y.) | Canada | Europe, Western | Mexico | Atlases | Brochures | Diaries | Directories | Maps | Pamphlets | Schedules | Souvenirs | Tickets | Travel guidebooks | Viewbooks 
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6Title:  World's Fair photographs series, 1933-1964 (bulk 1933-1940) Requires cookie*
 Accession:  232 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Photograpic Department. 
 Abstract:  Ford Motor Company was a leading exhibitor in world fairs and other expositions held in America between 1934 and the early 1960s. This collection, consisting of 8x10 black and white photographic prints, documents various aspects of Ford's involvement including buildings, exhibits, displays, employees, celebrities and special events. 
 Subjects:  Exhibitions--20th century. | Exhibition buildings | Exhibit booths | Rotundas | Public relations--Automobile trade | Automobile industry workers | Lincoln-Zephyr automobile. | Ford automobile | Mercury automobile | Families--United States. | Tourism | Automobile industry and trade--By-products. | Celebrities | Automobile dealers | Soybean products | Roads | Automobile driver education | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947. | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943. | Disney, Walt, 1901-1966. | Ford Motor Company--Exhibitions. | Ford Motor Company--Employees. | Ford Rotunda (Dearborn, Mich.) | Henry Ford (Organization) | Henry Ford Trade School. | Ford Village Industries. | WED Enterprises, Inc. | Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.) | Texas Centennial (1936 : Dallas, Tex.) | California Pacific International Exposition (1935-1936 : San Diego, Calif.) | New York World's Fair (1939-1940) | New York World's Fair (1964-1965) | Photographs. | Portraits. | Group portraits. | Aerial views. 
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7Title:  New York World's Fair (1939-1940) photograph albums, 1939-1940 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  1892 
 Creator:  Ford Motor Company. Engineering Photographic Department. 
 Abstract:  The collection contains photographs of celebrities, politicians, scientists, explorers, and dignitaries from around the world at the New York's World Fair in 1939 and 1940. Ford Motor Company displayed products at many exhibitions from 1904 to the 1960s. 
 Subjects:  Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950 | Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 | Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943 | Anderson, Judith, 1897-1992 | Bankhead, Tallulah, 1902-1968 | Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973 | Firestone, Harvey Samuel, 1868-1938 | Grant, Cary, 1904-1986 | Hayes, Helen, 1900-1993 | Henie, Sonja, 1912-1969 | Keller, Helen, 1880-1968 | La Guardia, Fiorello H. (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947 | Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979 | Rodgers, Roy | Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967 | Smith, Alfred Emanuel, 1873-1944 | Smith, Kate, 1907-1986 | Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973 | Thomas, Lowell, 1892-1981 | Ford Motor Company. Photographic Department | New York World’s Fair (1939-1940) | Automobile industry and trade | Exhibitions--20th century | Celebrities | Tourism | Ford Motor Company--Exhibitions | Ford Motor Company--Executives | Ford Motor Company--Public relations | Photographs | Photograph albums | Portraits 
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8Title:  Research Center General Advertisement Collection, 1850-2019 Requires cookie*
 Accession:  RC.50 
 Creator:  Henry Ford (Organization). Benson Ford Research Center 
 Abstract:  The General Advertisement Collection is an intentionally assembled collection which contains advertising tear sheets, advertising proof sheets, and advertisements clipped from periodicals on a variety of subjects. The material is arranged alphabetically by subject. The Clothing and Dress and Office Furniture subjects are heavily represented in the collection. 
 Subjects:  Advertising, Newspaper | Advertising, Magazine | Advertising agencies | Agricultural machinery | Agricultural implements | Airlines | Airplanes | Alcoholic beverages | Antifreeze solutions | Antiseptics | Automobiles--Bodies | Automobiles--Maintenance and repair | Automobiles--Motors | Automobiles--Tires | Automobiles--Transmission devices | Rental automobiles | Automobiles--Models | Beverages | Bicycles | Blacksmithing | Boat trailers | Boilers | Books | Bookbinders | Bookbinding | Boots | Bottle feeding | Building materials | Bus lines | Business consultants | Candy | Cereals, Prepared | Child car seats | Cigarettes | Cleaning compounds | Clocks and watches | Clothing and dress | Combs | Concrete | Condiments | Corsets | Cosmetics | Dental hygiene | Dietary supplements | Drugs | Dyes and dyeing | Firearms | Floor coverings | Food | Fuel | Furnaces | Furniture | Gasoline | Glassware | Hats | Household appliances | Hydraulic motors | Hypnotism | Insurance | Ironwork | Jewelry | Lawn mowers | Lighting | Lubricating oils | Machine shops | Machinery | Marine engines | Matches | Mattresses | Meat | Medical instruments and apparatus | Millstones | Airplanes--Models | Motion pictures | Music publishing | Musical instruments | Neckties | Newspapers | Ocean liners | Office furniture | Packaging | Paint | Paper | Patent lawyers | Patent medicines | Periodicals | Petroleum products | Pharmaceutical industry | Phonograph | Photography | Plumbing--Equipment and supplies | Printing | Printing presses | Radio--Receivers and reception | Railroads | Razors | Refrigerators | Safes | Sanatoriums | Scales (Weighing instruments) | Sculpture | Seeds | Sewing--Equipment and supplies | Sewing machines | Shoes | Silverware | Soap | Soap box derbies | Soups | Spark plugs. | Stationery | Steam-engines | Stoves | Electric railroads--Cars | Sweeteners | Textile fabrics | Tobacco | Tools | Tourism | Toys | Travel agents | Typewriters | Typewriting | Underwear | Wheelchairs | Windows | World War, 1914-1918--War Bonds and Funds | Writing--Materials and instruments | Herman Miller, Inc. | Advertisments | proofs | tear sheets 
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