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Henry Ford meets Harvey Firestone

The moment Henry Ford walked into the Columbus Buggy Works and asked for Harvey Firestone, the course of the 20th century changed. Henry Ford remembered it well: "The first time I met Harvey Firestone, he was an agent for the Columbus Buggy Works in Detroit. That was in 1895. At that time I was building my first automobile. It was about complete, and I was using bicycle tires. The car weighed 500 pounds which was too much for the light tires. I went to the buggy works to see about obtaining some solid rubber tires as a substitute. Firestone told me he had just received some new tires that were a great deal softer on a buggy in the rear. They were pneumatic tires, and I had him order me a set."