It is pretty well known that Henry Ford established the middle class here in America, or at least the easiest path to the middle class. His production line allowed someone with little or no training to earn enough to afford some luxuries of life. But to do that required mind-numbing hours on an assembly line doing the same thing thousands of time a day. One of the primary gifts God gave us humans is that we are thinking animals. Well, most of us are. 🙂 I applaud Mr. Ford for this accomplishment even if it did dehumanize the blue collar workforce for generations to come.
But I am without a doubt, that if robotics were available to him he would have gone totally in that direction. He was a great inventor but not particularly a ‘people’ person.
In the process of this innovation, Henry Ford became extremely wealthy. He made so much money that he had absolutely no idea how to spend it. One of the solutions he settled on was to recreate his childhood memories and to collect things he enjoyed seeing. That idea was the birthplace of the Ford Museum.
Here is a very small sample of pictures that were taken at the Ford Museum in Dearborn Michigan.
(as usual, click on any picture below to see a larger slideshow view)