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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

The Ford Store: 1926

The Ford Store: 1926

Washington, D.C., in 1926. "Robey Motor Co. -- 1429 L Street." As long as we're downtown, let's pick up a tractor. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Fatal Fordson

My first attempt at siphoning gas was from the late '40s blue-colored Fordson on our family farm. I accidentally swallowed a bit of the gas and my brother, my cousins, and I were all convinced I would die later in the afternoon. I was burping up gas fumes the rest of the day but that was the only bad effect.

That was in 1964 and I still get the shivers when I hear or read the word "Fordson."

My neighbor uses a Fordson

in his citrus grove - I think it is a 3-cylinder diesel version. He uses several different implements running off the power take off (PTO), such as a disc harrow, towed twin head rotary mower, and trimmers to square up the orange trees for harvest time. Very distinct sound, so I can always tell when he is at work in the grove.

Fordson Tractors

That thing sitting in front of the building is a Fordson.

What's a "Fordson"?

It's listed on the roof sign along with Ford and Lincoln, but it's totally unknown to me. Auto experts: can you help?

[An inscrutable mystery is what it is. What a puzzler! - Dave]

Tin Lizzie's Waning Days

1926 was the last full year of the Model T's production run. May 26, 1927 was the last day of production. Its successor the Model A wasn't produced until October 20, 1927 (and not sold until December 2), leaving a bit of interregnum.

 
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