Edsel Ford’s 1934 Model 40 Custom Speedster

Edsel Ford commissioned a number of special automobiles from Ford Motor Company for his personal use. Each one spoke to his design talents. Edsel collaborated with designer Bob Gregorie to create this 1934 Model 40 Speedster. The sleek profile, custom aluminum body and flathead V-8 engine anticipated the hot rods that soon appeared on southern California streets. -Source HenryFord.org

Edsel Ford was all about form. Henry Ford cared only for function. Henry, the practical, conservative inventor who believed his Model T was all the car anyone from farmhand to millionaire would ever need, clashed with his well-traveled, cultured, and artistic prodigal son from the moment he named 25-year-old Edsel company president on New Year’s Day, 1919. The collision of Henry’s practical conservatism with Edsel’s Gatsby-esque cultural “elitism” is an American story plot that resounds to this day. -Source Motor Trend

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Marjory Stoneman

Senior at Wellesley College 1912


 Marjory Stoneman Douglas in later life:

Author Mary Joy Brenton provided a more comprehensive version of this quote in her book Women Pioneers For the Environment:

“Join a local environmental society, but see to it that it does not waste time on superficial purposes… Don’t think it is enough to attend meetings and sit there like a lump…. It is better to address envelopes than to attend foolish meetings. It is better to study than act too quickly; but it is best to be ready to act intelligently when the appropriate opportunity arises…

“Speak up. Learn to talk clearly and forcefully in public. Speak simply and not too long at a time, without over-emotion, always from sound preparation and knowledge. Be a nuisance where it counts, but don’t be a bore at any time… Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action….

“Be depressed, discouraged and disappointed at failure and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption and bad politics — but never give up.”

Marjory Stoneman Douglas was inducted to National Wildlife Federation Hall of Fame and the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton in 1993. She died at age 108.

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1936 British Aviatrix Amy Johnson


May 13, 2016

by John Mackie

This Week in History: 1936 – Pioneer British aviatrix Amy Johnson makes a record flight from London to Cape Town

Most people have heard of Amelia Earhart, the American pilot who mysteriously vanished over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 while on a round-the-world flight.

But there was another female pilot who was just as famous in her day — Amy Johnson. And like Earhart, she died in a mysterious crash that continues to spawn conspiracy theories, 75 years after her death.

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Contemporary sources say that Johnson was born in Kingston Upon Hull, England on July 1, 1903. But newspaper reports during her lifetime make it seem like she was younger — a May 26, 1930 story said she was 23 (which means she would have been born in 1906), and her obituary on Jan. 6, 1941 said she was 32 (which means she would have been born in 1908).

What is agreed is that she burst onto the front pages when she flew solo from England to Australia in May, 1930.

“A golden-haired English girl of 23 dropped out of sky (in Darwin, Australia) this afternoon, completing an achievement unprecedented in aviation history,” said a story in the May 24, 1930 Vancouver Daily Province.

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“Amy Johnson — she prefers to be known as ‘Johnnie’ — had (flown) alone in her tiny Moth plane, flown all the way from England to Australia, a distance of 9,900 miles, boldly facing a thousand perils and winning out in the face of seemingly unbeatable obstacles.” READ MORE