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Touring Car

20th century Unidentified (American) carved and painted wood and metal 11 1/4 x 24 1/2 x 7 7/8 in. (28.5 x 62.2 x 19.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.334 Not currently on view

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An unknown artist probably created this wooden car as a trade sign, to hang in the doorway of an automobile mechanic or car dealer. A hole in the bottom of the piece suggests it may also have been used as a weather vane (Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr., Folk Sculpture USA, 1976). The car resembles the touring models introduced in the 1920s by Henry Ford to give every American family a car of their own.


Animal - dog

Architecture - vehicle - automobile

Figure group


folk art

metal - brass

metal - iron