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Texas Farm Boys Tour (aka Farm Boys Abroad)

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Silent | ca 1920

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  •  Boys working in the fields 
  •  Washington, D.C. 
  •  Texas Farm Boys march 
  •  Boys inspecting a motor plow 
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A good example of Henry Ford's film product from the early twentieth century, this film follows a group of young men from Texas farms. Leaving the state by train, they visit Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. They tour the stockyards in Chicago, and visit Cornell University, New York City, Washington, DC, Natural Bridge, VA and Alabama. Because of his interest in film as an educational medium, Henry Ford founded a motion picture department at Ford Motor Company in 1914. The department concentrated mainly on current events and educational features from its beginning until the mid-1920s, when emphasis shifted to promoting popular interest in modern farming methods, good roads, and traffic and industrial safety. Ford became one of the first producers of non-newsreel educational films and for many years was one of the largest film producers in the world. The historical value of the collection for the period 1914 to the early 1940s stems from its very broad coverage of the American scene, including cities; parks and recreational areas; agriculture; industry; sports; important individuals; and news events. -National Archives at College Park: Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branch.