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Wrench, Automotive
Wrench, Automotive
Resource Typeimage
TitleWrench, Automotive
Coverage / Year1917 to 1923
DescriptionTwo headed wrench, marked "Ford" on the obverse, "1917" on the reverse. Probably used for a Model T. Found in the Chesebro blacksmith shop.
InterpretationThis Ford wrench comes from the Chesebro Blacksmith Shop which operated in Livingston County, Illinois until the 1920s. The brothers who owned it did traditional blacksmithing jobs such as shoeing horses, but they also worked on cars. Henry Ford was a master at mass production. He introduced a chain driven assembly line in 1913, and by 1914 his workers were building over a thousand Fords a day. Fords were cheap and they came without any amenities. You had to install your own bumpers, speedometer, temperature gauge, or any thing else comfortable you wanted on the car. Certainly the Chesebro brothers did some of this kind of work at their shop.
Lesson Plans / ThemesHow we learn about communities;
Learning Standards16 History; 15 Economics;
Author or CreatorEarly American Museum
Subject / KeywordsFord; Industrialization; Wrenches; Assembly-line methods; Automobiles; Chesebro Blacksmith Shop; Blacksmithing; Model T;
Collection PublisherEarly American Museum
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Rights Management Statement
Resource Identifier1998.016.2571
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