Edsel Ford: 1893 -- 1943
The crown prince who never ascended the throneEdsel is perhaps the most enigmatic of the Fords: Blessed by birth but stifled by a domineering father; gifted in many areas but held back from leading the company that bore his name.
PHOTOS FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE HENRY FORD AND FORD MOTOR CO. AND THE EDSEL & ELEANOR FORD HOUSE
|The crown prince: Opportunity seemed unlimited.|
|"Be sure to do some skating if there is any ice — it is the best exercise in the world," Edsel wrote in a 1934 letter to Henry Ford II. This particular bit of exercise, however, seems destined for an unhappy ending.|
|A lifetime around automobiles fostered a passion for design.|
|Edsel and his wife, Eleanor.|