Ford Model T

 

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On 1 October 1908, Ford’s Model T car was put on the market at a price of US$825.
It was called “Model T because it followed Model S and was colloquially known as the “Tin Lizzie” or “ Leaping Lena”
It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, because the assembly line production was used instead of individual hand crafting, which increased productivity.
It opened travel to the common middle-class American and was prized for its low cost, durability, versatility, and ease of maintenance.

In “Brave New World” the dystopian novel that Aldous Huxley wrote in 1931 and published in 1932 Henry Ford is a sort of god-like figure.

The novel is set the World State city of London, in the year AF 632.
AF stands for After Ford and AF 632 corresponds to the year 2540 in our Gregorian calendar; that fictional era began when Ford introduced his Model T.
This choice reveals the World State’s ideals: mass production and assembly line and the almost religious regard in technology: “AF” replaced the calendar system which begins with the birth of Jesus: “AD” (Anno Domini, meaning “in the year of the Lord”).

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28 thoughts on “Ford Model T

  1. Luisa, you always have some interesting facts and information to share. I knew roughly when Ford Model T came out but not that it was the first assembly line. The facts behind AF are really intriguing.

    Miriam

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  2. Hello. I enjoy reading your many posts. “Ford” also turns into “Freud” when the Controller discusses the psychological conditioning in BNW—a mechanics of the mind, so to speak. Before writing the novel, Huxley had been reading a biography on Ford while traveling in the East Indies.
    Regarding one of the comments on the list here: Ford did not invent the car or the assembly line, but he did perfect them to levels never seen before. He changed everything.

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    1. Ti ringrazio, carissima Flavia perché è un bel riconoscimento. Tuttavia ho smesso di prendere parte agli awards purché preferisco dedicare il mio tempo, che non è molto, alla lettura dei post dei miei amici e ai commenti.
      So che tu mi capirai.
      Un abbraccio
      😘🤗😘🤗😘

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      1. Figurati, nessun problema. È per questo che premettevo di non fare caso alla catena, è giusto un’occasione per farti i complimenti. Io non partecipo quasi mai di solito. Dipende da quanta voglia e tempo mi ritrovo🤣 un bacio grande😘

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