Accessory Mascots

Advertising Mascots:  1920s Ford Monoplane.

A late 1920s two-seater Ford Monoplane given away as a souvenir by the company, and too promote Air Travel.  1925 through 1931 represent a period of incredible growth and advancement for aviation in the United States.  Aviation and its vast potential had caught the imagination of nearly everyone, at a time when there was not even a single road reaching across the United States.  The Air Tours were an efficiency contest held each year from 1925 through 1931.  Initially called Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour, they were later promoted as The Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour for the Edsel B. Ford Trophy sometimes shortened to the Ford Reliability Tour and later, the National Air Tour.  The tour gave airplane builders an opportunity to take their latest models around the country in a well-publicized contest to "show the flag" for dealers and sales people.  For more information on Air Tours please visit this site:  http://www.nationalairtour.org/index.cfm