Henry Ford's 150th Birthday Celebration
  • Henry Ford's 150th Birthday Celebration
  • Henry Ford
  • Henry Ford's 150th Birthday Celebration
  • A young Henry Ford in 1883
  • Henry Ford's 150th Birthday Celebration
  • Ford's integrated assembly line
  • Henry Ford's 150th Birthday Celebration
  • Henry Ford drives the 20 millionth Model A off the line.
  • Henry Ford's 150th Birthday Celebration
  • A celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of company founder Henry Ford will be held throughout 2013. Go to www.henryford150.com for an interactive timeline of Ford's life, tours, a calendar of 2013 events and information about efforts to preserve Henry Ford's heritage. (12/11/2012)
  • Henry Ford's 150th Birthday Celebration
  • 1924 Ford Model T 10 millionth car and Ford Quadricycle
  • Henry Ford's 150th Birthday Celebration
  • A celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of company founder Henry Ford will be held throughout 2013. Go to www.henryford150.com for an interactive timeline of Ford's life, tours, a calendar of 2013 events and information about efforts to preserve Henry Ford's heritage. (12/11/2012)
  • Henry Ford's 150th Birthday Celebration
  • 1927 CA Henry and Edsel Ford 15 millionth car
  • Henry Ford's 150th Birthday Celebration
  • Ford River Rouge Factory
  • Henry Ford's 150th Birthday Celebration
  • 1932: A new V-8 engine now powered Ford automobiles lighter, less expensive, and more powerful than competing V-8s. Wildly popular, it is the last product innovation in which Henry Ford plays a direct role. (7/24/13)
  • Henry Ford's 150th Birthday Celebration
  • Henry Ford I driving 999 race car.
  • Henry Ford's 150th Birthday Celebration
  • An elderly Henry Ford and Henry Ford II with the Ford Quadricycle
  • Henry Ford's 150th Birthday Celebration
  • Ford's $5 work day
  • Henry Ford's 150th Birthday Celebration
  • Henry Ford looking at a V8 engine.
  • Henry Ford's 150th Birthday Celebration
  • Ford celebrates the 150th anniversary of Henry Ford's birthday.
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Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company and the man that is widely considered to have put America on wheels, would have been 150 years young today. Naturally, there are celebrations at Ford's Dearborn headquarters, and the state of Michigan has declared today, July 30, 2013, Henry Ford Day.

While Ford's flaws are well documented, his institution of the moving assembly line and $5 work day were largely responsible for the middle class explosion in Detroit during the 1910s and 1920s, while vertical integration in his production contributed even further to the affordability of Ford's products. Ford's company was also a key component of the Arsenal of Democracy, with the company's Willow Run Assembly Plant one of the crown jewels of war-time production.

Besides celebrations in Michigan, Ford facilities around the globe are celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founder's birth. Ford's German outlet is holding five road rallies over the course of 2013, while 21 markets in the Asia Pacific region have converted showrooms into displays celebrating Ford's history, as part of Ford Heritage month. There will be more celebrations in the coming months, as well.

Have a look through the gallery above for lots of historical photos of Henry Ford, as well as celebrations taking place in other parts of the world.


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