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Old 04-29-2012, 02:33 PM   #1
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Default Celebrity Owners of the New Ford

I know the FIRST "A" went to Thomas Edison, Mary Pickford had a sport coupe, Cecil B. DeMille had a tudor....is there a list or picture records of famous celebrities from the early days showing off their new Model "A" wheels ????
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Old 04-29-2012, 03:26 PM   #2
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Good question! FDR owned at least one, and was photographed with 1-2 others. Add Hollywood stars Emil Jannings and Sir Harry Lauder. David Rockefeller had a '31 Standard Phaeton, which he sold to his brother Nelson in 1933. Averell Harriman owned a '29 phaeton. the heavyweight champ Primo Carnera owned a sedan. Others?
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Douglas Fairbanks JRhad a28,Dolores Del REO had a 28 sport coupe.
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Mary Pickford



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Edison and his Tudor (taken from Vintage Ford Facts)



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Robert Pershing Wadlow...
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Don't forget Andy Griffith
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James Couzens, former Ford employee and confidant of Henry Ford later to become Mayor of Detroit & US Senator was given a Sport Coupe by Henry Ford.

This car was serial number 35- the same serial number of Couzens' first Ford back in 1903.

I had a picture of him & the car somewhere but I can't find it.
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My mother inlaw grew up in Warm Springs Ga. 2 years ago we toured the Little White House there where FDR had his Polio Therapy center. A very nice and educational place.
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notice the heavy braces on his legs! he NEVER gave up when he came down with polio
Now it has come to light that he did not have polio. Polio originally was called Infantile Paralysis because it affected children. My father had it when he was a child. FDR was an adult when he contracted Guillain-Barre disease with symptoms similar to polio, but also has different symptoms.
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Janet Gaynor- the 'It Girl' of 1928!
This photo bugged me for years ; who was she & what was she doing on the Detroit assembly line in a RHD Tudor?
I think Bruce Lancaster recognised her & she appears to have been an endorsee for Ford cars in that era as well as an actress.
The car was probably one of the first RHD's which were sent off for displays outside the US.
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Interesting pictures! Thanks!

That one of Mr. Wadlow almost looks like it was a trick shot,,,he'd had to have been ten feet tall to tower over that Model A like that!! Maybe more??
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Found this picture recently...
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Hi All:
Robert Wadlow was also known as the Alton Giant, from Alton, Ill. He was 8'-11" tall and weighed 439 lbs. That photo was no trick shot. People that I know that knew him say he was one of the nicest guys around. He died from an infection at the age of 22 in 1940. He still has family in the Alton area. For more information just "Google" him.

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Janet Gaynor- the 'It Girl' of 1928!
It might be Janet Gaynor, but the 'it' girl was Clara Bow...
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Tito Jackson has a cabrolet... I was working at vintage ford, a man drove up in a limo and got out, went to the back and put on his coverallls...then came into the shop...Hank the owner introduced us....Tito worked with me that afternoon, I found him a very nice person...someone I could be friends with...not at all star struck..a real down home person... nice guy.
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Who is Tito Jackson?
I believe he was the late Michael's brother and also sang with the rest of the family (Jackson 5)?
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Yes that is he...actually a very nice guy....especially coming from such a strange family... has a nice cabriolet. Also likes to work on it himself..
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