PERSPECTIVE 2000: Growing auto industry gets new editorial voice
|Growing auto industry gets new editorial voice|
If Page 1 seems a strange place for a model-introduction story, keep in mind that the Model T accounted for 50 percent of new-car sales in 1924 and 42 percent in 1925. The story noted that "closed bodies, for the first time in Ford history, are available in colors." No more any color so long as it's black.
And "interior color schemes have been designed in harmony with the paint jobs." Did someone say "color-keyed interiors"?
Automaker advertisers in the inaugural issue included Chevrolet, Chrysler Corp. and Apperson Automobile Co. (for the Jack Rabbit). Among the suppliers were Bendix Brake, Rotary Lift Co., New Departure Manufacturing Co. (ball bearings), Ternsdedt Division of Fisher Body (body hardware) and Continental Motors (engines).
The New York Sun was represented, and the only full-page ad was placed by Capper's Farmer.
That first Automotive Daily News was rather light on editorial help. The masthead listed Editor Alexander Johnston, Managing Editor Dan Wallace Robinson, Detroit Editor Walter Boynton and two contributing editors.
Today's editorial staff is made up of 50 editors, reporters, statisticians and researchers around the world.