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Henry Ford's Model T

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Introduced in 1908, the Model T satisfied the rising American demand for vehicles—a demand that would affect everything from road construction to the economy. America's acceptance of the automobile was overwhelming and unprecedented: from 1899 to 1929 alone, the automotive industry rose from 150th to first among American industries. In 1929, the ratio of cars to population in the United States was 1:5, compared with 1:44 in France and Great Britain and 1:196 in Germany.

Photograph, Model T (Touring Car), 1908
Collections of Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village (Photo #P.833.38915)