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Just saw an excerpt on TV about this - thought it was interesting - so I went searching... Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone and John Burroughs (naturalist and activist for conservation movement) and other notables of the era had Summer traveling/camping trips from 1915 to 1924. hehe of course they traveled in luxury and camped (kinda rubber tramped too) with suits and ties, kitchen crew and of course the photographer. But - a meeting of great minds relaxing and enjoying the outdoors ... There's lots more info and pics out there as well.
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The Vagabonds

Between 1915 and 1924, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs, calling themselves the Four Vagabonds, embarked on a series of summer camping trips. The idea was initiated in 1914 when Ford and Burroughs visited Edison in Florida and toured the Everglades. The notion blossomed the next year when Ford, Edison and Firestone were in California for the Panama-Pacific Exposition. They visited Luther Burbank and then drove from Riverside to San Diego.

In 1916, Edison invited Ford, Burroughs and Harvey Firestone to journey through the New England Adirondacks and Green Mountains; Ford, however, was unable to join the group. In 1918, Ford, Edison, Firestone, his son Harvey, Burroughs, and Robert DeLoach of the Armour Company, caravanned through the mountains of West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. Subsequent trips were made in 1919 to the Adirondacks and New England; in 1920 to John Burroughs' home and cabin retreat into the Catskill Mountains; in 1921 to West Virginia and northern Michigan; and in 1923 to northern Michigan. In 1924, the group journeyed to northern Michigan by train, gathered again at Henry and Clara Ford's Wayside Inn in Massachusetts, and visited President Coolidge at his home in Vermont.

The trips were well organized and equipped. There were several heavy passenger cars and vans to carry the travelers, household staff, and equipment; Ford Motor Company photographers also accompanied the group. The 1919 trip involved fifty vehicles, including two designed by Ford: a kitchen camping car with a gasoline stove and built-in icebox presided over by a cook and a heavy touring car mounted on a truck chassis with compartments for tents, cots, chairs, electric lights, etc. On later trips, there was a huge, folding round table equipped with a lazy susan that seated twenty. After 1924, the growing fame of the campers brought too much public attention and the trips were discontinued.

https://www.thehenryford.org/research/vagabonds.aspx
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LOL - the 20 person Lazy susan table!

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One of these people is supposed to be President Harding

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Sweet thanks for the post. I am obligated to ammend the post by telling people that Ford and Edison were both jerks. Ford was praised in Mien Kampf and Edison was a copyright thief. Love you, just need to make sure that history is told. I stayed in Fort Myers too long to not tell how crazy creepy they were.
 
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