What’s Your Favorite Ford Image?
FEB
04

If you like cool ford images, this story is for you! There are more than 5,000 images showcasing the life span of Ford Motor Company that are now licensed and available for purchase at FordImages.com. This includes images that celebrate the company’s rich history in racing, early promotional photos and even more recent product images.

Just in case 5,000 images aren’t enough to choose from, hundreds of images are being added every week. The goal is to have a total of 10,000 images available by the end of 2011.

Here’s a tiny sampling of the type of images available:

You can browse what’s there now and make a purchase at FordImages.com. And millions of images in thousands of boxes ensure there will never be a shortage of new material available to the public!

“The entire world of Ford culture is here,” said Dean Weber, manager, Ford Archives. “These images represent the very special place Ford has in not only American history but world history.”

As a special offer for visitors to theFordStory.com, you can enter a sales code of “fordfan” when you checkout to receive 25 percent off one order.

FordImages.com is managed by Rick Weedn, an official Ford licensee, whose company licenses and sells archival images for other companies as well, including Harley-Davidson Inc. and The Henry Ford.

There are millions of photos contained within the roughly 16,000 boxes, 75 file cabinets and hundreds of CDs at Ford Archives in Dearborn, Mich., Weber said. For preservation purposes, the oldest images are stored in coolers using guidelines recommended by the National Archives and Records Administration.

Weber and his team have been poring through the files to find the best images to offer.

The subjects of the images vary. There are portraits and photographs from press releases, events, factories, motorsports and product development, just to name a few.

Once Weber and his team find images that support the purpose of FordImages.com, digital versions are created through a scanning process. More than 15,000 images have been identified in the last six months. Weber said that having digital versions of the images is another reason Ford moved forward with FordImages.com.

Weber then sends the images to Weedn, who handles marketing, sales and production. The Ford marketing team must give final approval of what and how Ford images are put up for sale. Weedn sets the prices, which start at $24.99.

McKelvey said one of the most popular sellers so far has been a reprint of the ad that appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in 1925. The ad was titled “Opening the Highways to All Mankind” and featured images that reflect the company’s goal of making safe and efficient transportation accessible to all. Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally cited the ad at the 2011 North American International Auto Show.

In addition to prints such as the 1925 ad, the site has another offering.

Available for purchase are custom-made vintage-style wood signs. For example, a newer car dealer could get a sign made to look like it has been in business for decades. Weedn said dealers love the signs.

In fact, dealers are some of the biggest customers, Weedn said, because they are buying images to give away to customers or decorate showrooms. The “Opening Highways to All Mankind” reprint is being sold for half price, $24.99, at the Ford display during the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Expo, Feb. 5-7, in San Francisco.

FordImages.com will continue adding new items to the site, McKelvey said, particularly images of products that are not yet represented and images from other information repositories around the world so that FordImages.com truly reflects Ford’s global presence.

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Dennis Murphy In the Rouge plant tour, there's a video of old Model T's being driven HARD and treated like Rangers back when the Model T's were new. I had always viewed the T's as fragile musuem pieces until I saw the video of how they were actually driven.
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Cody The Model T wich started it all, the Mark I through IV GT-40\'s of Lemans 1966-1969 I believe it was, the 2005-06 GT, every year Bronco, as I own a 1993 fullsize I\'ve owned for 11 years this March with over 225,000 miles on it, mostly original, couldn\'t ask any anymore out of it. Still runs great by the way! Every year Ford truck from 1948 to present. Most years of the Mustang. Ford is just the way to go period!!
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Michael Prezioso My 2011 raptor in my driveway
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Dan Heagy 1966 Shelby GT 350 i owned in High School. and the 2012 Shelby GT 500 Super Snake.
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Shawn Blackstar 2010 F-350 Harley Dually.
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Michelle King Favorite Ford image, EASY! My driveway! It!s also mentally painful. My vision makes it unsafe for me to drive either of the four foxes or our Expedition. : .(
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Colin Schreiber A ford pulling out a chevy.
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Mike Durocher the one on the front of my fusion!
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Norma Sue Burchett Adkins I don't have a famous Ford image BUT I have an image (and a photo) of my dad waxing his 1956 Ford. (his first new car)
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Paul Steele F-150 towing a tundra
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Lucas Markland svt F-150 raptor hitting a jump in the desert.
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Kevin Ford Let me point out my last name
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Jacob Stewie Stewart A 2011 projected sales graph. Cause I know we're gonna exceed it like we did these last two years.
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Garry Lum a XY GTHO crossing the finishing line is always a great picture from Bathurst
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Anthony Bauza As for the image, its the early AFX cars and the cobras
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David Hamilton My favorite was from HotRod magazine a while back (I think it was hot rod) with all the 64 or 65 mustang bodies in white all in Shelby's garage... :D
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Anthony Bauza Exactly!
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Garry Lum the two XC Falcons winning Bathurst in 1977 1 2 victory go alan moffat
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