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Needles and nails made his first watch tools . • .
THE March wind rattled the window.
But the kerosene lantern on the floor
gave a glow to warm the boy's feet.
Then his head bent even more closely to
the work. He nudged the balance wheel—
and life came back into the timepiece.
Watch repairing was coming easier to
young Henry Ford. He had started at 14
and the first watch (today in his collection
at Dearborn) had been mended with a shin
gle nail, a corset stay, and knitting needles.
Now he had real tools. After school, he was
watch repairer to the neighborhood.
Everyone was enthusiastic about his
work, particularly because he didn’t charge
for it. But it wasn’t money that Henry Ford
was interested in. Here was opportunity to
learn by doing he was making the most of it.
Years later, the watchmaker’s touch and
the creed of precision learned by Henry
Ford in those winter nights were to guide the
building of 30 million cars and trucks. More
over, it was Mr. Ford’s knowledge of watch
making that prompted inauguration of the
assembly line. This in turn brought shorter
working hours, increased wages, made life
easier, and is now speeding equipment to
preserve our American way of living.
New cars belong to the future. But when
tomorrow’s Ford, Mercury and Lincoln
cars arrive, they will reflect anew the
watchmaker’s skill, the accurate workman
ship, and the engineering resourcefulness
that are typical of Ford Motor Company.
As in the past, they will be motor cars
that are reliable and economical, smart and
comfortable. And they will be priced with
in the means of the greatest number. For
Mr. Ford has declared: "The profits we are
most interested in are those the public gets
from using the things that we produce. The
only real profit is the public benefit.”
FORD MOTOR COMPANY