The new Ford car, for months the greatest mystery of the commercial world, made a dramatic appearance before the world today and was accorded such a reception as has rarely been achieved by the most adept press agency.
From all parts of the United States and from abroad came reports of the impatient thousands standing in line for a chance to see the successor to the flivver, the trim, conventionally designed car which replaces the familiar if ungainly machine so dear to the cartoonist and the jokesmith.
They saw a car with some individualities, yet not essentially different in general appearance from a dozen others. From the driver's viewpoint, as from the spectator's, it seemed similar in many ways to other cars. Great power and speed, economy and long service were promised for it by Ford representatives.
In New York, night owls searched out the show rooms at 3 a.m. to see the new model, and thousands upon thousands jammed past the show places after daylight came. A steady rain did not discourage the curious.
In Chicago less wild enthusiasm but great interest was shown. A line stretched a block from the main show room on State Street by noon and uncounted thousands had been shoved through the display room.
Police called out
Mounted police were called out in Cleveland to protect windows from the crowds. In Detroit forty of the new cars were displayed in convention hall while music from two bands entertained the crowd.
In Kansas City 3,000 persons jammed convention hall the first half hour the car was on display. Streets near the Ford branch factory in Dallas were jammed three blocks in every direction.
Special trains carried observers from all parts of the British Isles to London where the new models were on display at Holland Park Hall. Newspapers made the display of the new car their principal tory and British motor manufacturers were quoted as predicting a bitter fight to hold the market.
The new car distracted Washington's attention momentarily from politics and from 7 a.m. prospective buyers and would-be buyers streamed past the display.
In Oklahoma City, business men, farmers and housewives jammed the street in front of the display room.
In Indianapolis 2,000 persons saw the car at the fair grounds in the first three hours it was on display.
Six thousand saw the Ford in St. Paul before 11 a.m. and exhibitors expected 25,000 before night despite sub-zero weather.