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Henry Ford Trade School Boys Use Lathes (1938)

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Published on May 26, 2009

Boys who attended the Henry Ford Trade School (1916-1952) learned by doing. The school, the brainchild of Henry Ford, trained teen-aged boys in a variety of skilled, industrial trade work -- machining, metallurgy, drafting, and engine design among others. Hands-on lab and shop practice accompanied classroom studies. The boys created useful components for local factories -- student projects had practical applications and their output had to meet strict production requirements. In addition to the manual training received, academic classes -- English, civics, science, hygiene, etc. -- were required.

(Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI)

Learn more about the collections of The Henry Ford:
http://www.thehenryford.org/
http://www.collections.thehenryford.org

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