1962 Ford Falcon Glove Box Door


This glove compartment door is from a 1962 Ford Falcon Sprint Futura automobile. The shallow wells on the inside indicate that the door, when open to ninety degrees, created a flat surface suitable for supporting a glass or bottle. This design was effective in a stationary vehicle and was widely used by motorists parked at drive-in restaurants or movie theaters. Around 1980, with the rise of fast-food drive-thrus, long commutes, and more eating on-the-go lifestyles, automobile manufacturers designed the in-car cup holder, which became an important feature in new automobiles. Since then, designers have created a variety of cup holder models, placing them in convenient locations like the center console and the door arm rests.

Date Made: 1962

Subject: Automobiles


See more items in: Work and Industry: Transportation, Road, Food, FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000

Exhibition: Food: Transforming the American Table

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2012.3011.01Catalog Number: 2012.3011.01Nonaccession Number: 2012.3011

Object Name: glove box door

Physical Description: metal (overall material)blue (overall color)Measurements: main body: 6 1/2 in x 13 in x 1 3/4 in; 16.51 cm x 33.02 cm x 4.445 cmmotion stop: 2 3/8 in x 3 in x 3/16 in; 6.0325 cm x 7.62 cm x .47625 cmdoor latch: 2 in x 1 1/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 5.08 cm x 2.8575 cm x 3.175 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-8d4a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1419726

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