No tractor -- but that young Ford looks awfully familiar

Henry Ford, left, in 1907, and his great-great-grandson Henry Ford III on his 16th birthday in 1996.

Sometimes family traits jump generations. These photos of a young Henry Ford, taken in 1907 aboard a tractor, and his great-great- grandson Henry Ford III are hanging on the wall of the Ford archives in Dearborn. We couldn't help but notice the resemblance between Henry III, in a picture taken on his 16th birthday in 1996 on the 100th anniversary of the Quadricycle with his father, Edsel Ford II, and his illustrious ancestor.

Ford recently took the rare step of allowing a few journalists inside its archives in Dearborn. Journalists, the public and even Ford employees are not normally admitted.

Dean Weber, archives manager, said it had been 50 years since journalists were allowed in.

Weber said Ford is going to digitize the archives in cooperation with the Henry Ford museum to make the material more widely available.

Journalists were given copies of some of the material, including a copy of Lee Iacocca's speech on April 13, 1964, introducing the Mustang and more arcane items such as a 1968 recipe for pineapple whipped cream pie from Ford Times magazine.

Henry Ford I and his wife, Clara, "were essentially amateur archivists -- meticulously collecting the artifacts from their lives," said a Ford press release.

Henry III is following the family path, working at the company's Los Angeles regional office.

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