Monday, September 19, 2011

Twitter Ye Not - Ford Model T

Twitter Ye Not - Ford Model T

A regular piece for the Daily Mail Weekend magazine about how figures in history might have twittered or tweeted or whatever, had they the chance, inclination and technology.

On the 1st of October 1908, Henry Ford put the world's first mass-produced car, the Ford Model T, on the market. Here we imagine the Twitter reaction.

On the left-hand side I have shown Henry Ford, proud of his new invention. Opposite him stands fat and fun King Edward VII, resplendant in suit and homberg and resting against an Art Nouveau plant-stand, who apparently wanted one of the new inventions for his own. Between the two men is the Model T.

The Edwardian period (often defined as the period between the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 and the outbreak of the the First World War in 1914) was a time of great style, design and optimism. Here Edward looks a little sour, essentially his mother Victoria with a beard, but was, by all accounts a great bon vivant, enjoying many of the fine things in life - exquisite tailoring, food, drink and women (including the actress Lillie Langtry and socialite Alice Keppel, mother of Vita Sackville-West's lover Violet Trfusis, and great grandmother of Eggheads' Judith Keppel and future Queen (?) Camilla Parker-Bowles)!

1 comment:

Erwin Calverley said...

It was a very dapper-looking vehicle. While the style feels a little bare compared to what you see in cars today, the Model-T made its look work. It's such a simple showing of elegance, like a machine dressed in a formal suit.

-Erwin Calverley-