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Old 03-04-2011, 03:03 PM   #1
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Default Origin of "Tin Lizzie/Lizzy"?

Just where and when and who coined the Ford Model T the "Tin Lizzie/Lizzy"?

Have always wondered about that?

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Old 03-04-2011, 05:21 PM   #2
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Default Re: Origin of "Tin Lizzie/Lizzy"?

Steve, One story is from Noel Bullock's 1922 Pikes Peak race win. http.//edgeoftheplanetadventures.blogspot.com/2010/12/tin-lizzie.htm Another story was Ford's daughter was Elizabeth(Lizzie) and the car was made of tin. Don't for fact but either sounds good. Philip
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Default Re: Origin of "Tin Lizzie/Lizzy"?

I thought it was Victoria, so I looked it up to be sure. Henry and Clara had
only one child,...Edsel.
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Old 03-04-2011, 06:24 PM   #4
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Default Re: Origin of "Tin Lizzie/Lizzy"?

Very common at the turn of the century that the more well-to-do persons had hired help in the household. Those helpers, usually young women were known as "Lizzies" or the shortened common name of Elizabeth.

As only the well-off could afford the new fangled automobiles of the time, ......when Henry Ford brought out his low-cost popular car for the masses, a car that would do farm work, and city errands, or tours in the country, it only became apparent that such a car as the Model T was a 'helper' for the household.

Therefore the moniker "Tin Lizzie" was born.......a 'robotic' like family helper....
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:09 PM   #5
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Default Re: Origin of "Tin Lizzie/Lizzy"?

Wow, never know that! Great piece of info.
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:09 PM   #6
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Wasn't there a song in the 20's about the Tin Lizzie?
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Yes. 1928 "Henry made a Lady out of Lizzie" and also in 1928 "Poor Lizzie" (about the replacing the Model T with the Model A)

CAPS sells a CD of these 1920's automobile songs for only $10

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