Henry Ford’s Mirror Of America

2257. HENRY FORD’S MIRROR OF AMERICA (I950s-USA). Produced by the NATIONAL ARCHIVES with the cooperation of the FORD MOTOR COMPANY. In 1914, Henry Ford organized a motion picture branch of his automobile manufacturing empire which produced newsreels and travelogues documenting every aspect of American life.The footage eventually was donated to the National Archives in Washington. Included in this fascinating film is a portion of the 1,800,000 feet of film in the Ford Historical Film Collection housed at the Archives and covering the years 1914 throughout 1945. You’ll see what rural America looked like in the years preceding World War I. There are privileged views of New York City, from immigrants on the Lower East Side to Sunday strollers in Central Park to thrills and spills at Coney Island. You’ll get a look at Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington when Woodrow Wilson was president. There are shots of women factory workers making footballs and hats and men on the assembly line at Ford’s Highland Park, Michigan auto plant. Will Rogers exhibits his rope twirling prowess. President Wilson throws out the first ball to open the baseball season. Seventy-one-year-old Buffalo Bill tours with his circus. Aged Civil War veterans of both North and South come together for a reunion at Vicksburg, Mississippi while a new generation of Americans train to fight in World War I. That’s just for starters…Verv well done! 36 minutes. Documentary