Tuesday, 25 December 2012

The Doctors' Cars

It is intriguing to read about what cars the early Malay doctors had owned. It is amazing to know what the cars looked like back then, compared to the first car that Henry Ford made.

There were carriages in the 1900s. Muzium Kelantan has a wooden carriage that was used then. A photograph by Muzium Kelantan showed a doctor's carriage and the doctor with his family. A Malay man served as the driver.
Henry Ford (1863-1947) incorporated the Ford Motor Company in 1903, proclaiming, "I will build a car for the great multitude." He made many car models including the Ford Model T cars. His signature became the Ford car logo. His portrait appears on the cover of Time magazine issue of 14 January 1935. More at http://inventors.about.com/od/fstartinventors/a/HenryFord.htm and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Ford and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Model_T and http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/ford.htm and http://www.hfmgv.org/exhibits/hf/

Ford Model T cars were produced from 1 October 1908 onward. A photograph from the Herbert Hoover Library showed 3 great American inventors met in Florida, dated 11 February 1929. They were Henry Ford (inventor of Ford Model T cars), Thomas Alva Edison (inventor of electric lamps), and Harvey Firestone (inventor of pneumatic rubber tyres).

These early Ford Model T cars appeared on the streets including in Malaya and Singapore in the 1930s. Many museum photographs depicted these early Ford Model T cars. Family photographs also depicted these early cars.

Rolls Royce were also popular at the time of the early Malay doctors. It is unknown how many Rolls Royce were brought into Malaya and Singapore and who owned them.