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This is one of our premium porcelain enamel signs, which are created by firing each colour one by one inside a ceramic kiln, and finished with porcelain enamel. See our FAQ for more information.
Henry Ford’s initial foray into automobile manufacturing was the Detroit Automobile Company, founded in 1899. The company floundered, and in 1901 was reorganized as the Henry Ford Company. Ford had a falling out with his financial backers, and left the company with the rights to his name and 900 dollars. The Henry Ford Company changed their name to Cadillac.
Henry Ford himself turned to an acquaintance, coal dealer Alexander Y. Malcomson, who put up the money to start the partnership “Ford and Malcomson”. However, by 1903 they had gone through more money than expected, and the manufacturing firm of John and Horace Dodge, who had made parts for them, was demanding payment. Malcomson convinced the Dodges to accept stock in lieu of payment.
During its early years, the company produced a range of vehicles designated, chronologically, from the Ford Model A (1903) to the Model K and Model S (Ford’s last right-hand steering model) of 1907.
The next year, Henry Ford introduced the Model T. Earlier models were produced at a rate of only a few a day at a rented factory, with groups of two or three men working on each car from components made by other companies. In its first full year of production, 1909, about 18,000 Model Ts were built.
In 1914, Ford doubled worker pay to $5 a day, cut shifts from nine hours to an eight hour day for a 5 day work week. Wall Street criticized Ford’s generous labor practices when he began paying workers enough to buy the products they made.
Henry Ford is reported to have said, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.” Before the assembly line, Ts had been available in a variety of colors, including red, blue, and green, but not black. Now, paint had become a production bottleneck; only Japan Black dried quickly enough, and not until Duco lacquer appeared in 1926 would other colors reappear on the T.
The Ford oval trademark was first introduced in 1907. The 1928 Model A was the first vehicle to sport an early version of the Ford script in the oval badge. The Ford script is credited to Childe Harold Wills, Ford’s first chief engineer and designer. He created a script in 1903 based on the one he used for his business cards.
We’ve provided the following chart with size specifications for this particular metal sign. This might also be useful in helping you plan where you’d like to hang your metal sign:
These metal signs look great anywhere in the house, as well as your office, garage or shed. They’re even safe to hang above areas where food is prepared. For some inspiration, here’s a few examples of this metal sign:
Please note that the above are representations and you should use the sizing chart for accurate dimensions. See our FAQ to find out more about our metal signs.