1927 Blue Bird School Bus

Luce, Albert L, 1888-1962 and Ford Motor Company1927

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The Henry Ford

This 1927 Blue Bird is the oldest surviving school bus in America. Albert Luce, Sr., built his first bus in 1925 by mounting a purchased wood body to a Ford truck frame. The body could not withstand the Georgia roads. Luce, convinced he could make a better bus, applied a steel framework under the wood body. His success led him to make school buses full time.

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  • Title: 1927 Blue Bird School Bus
  • Creator: Luce, Albert L, 1888-1962, Ford Motor Company
  • Date Created: 1927
  • Location: United States, Georgia, Perry, United States, Michigan, Dearborn, United States, Georgia, Marshallville, United States, Georgia, Perry
  • Subject Keywords: Buses, Chassis (Vehicle component), Ford Model TT truck, Ford trucks, School buses, School children, Luce, Albert L, 1888-1962, Slade, Frank, Blue Bird Corporation, Houston County Motor Company
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: http://collections.thehenryford.org/Collection.aspx?objectKey=357533
  • Object Name: School bus
  • Object ID: 2007.73.1
  • Image ID: THF90553
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Albert L. Luce, Jr.


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