The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison's Ten-Year Road Trip (Large Print / Library Binding)
I love a road trip--here’s the story of how it all began.
In the early days of motor cars Henry Ford and Thomas Edison began a friendship and shared a spirit of adventure that centered around cars, technology and publicity. Traveling in motorized caravans they were followed by newspaper coverage that detailed their stops and adventures.
Ford’s cars, Firestone’s tires, and Edison’s batteries were popularized as roads improved, gas stations emerged and motels were established to serve a growing traveling public.
Their ramblings changed forever the way Americans travel. Thanks to them for this gift— Anne
In 1914 Henry Ford visited Thomas Edison in Florida and toured the Everglades. The following year they joined together on a summer camping trip and decided to call themselves the Vagabonds. They continued their summer road trips until 1925. Although they traveled with an entourage, there was a serious purpose to these trips: to examine the conditions of America�s roadways and improve the practicality of automobile travel. The road trips made the automobile ubiquitous and magnified Ford�s reputation. The Vagabonds�is a story of two American giants and the transformation of the country.