Thomas Edison's road trip with his famous friends

  • Published: 26 July 2019
  • It’s time to go road-tripping with some men who ran the world.

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    This is episode one of Vox Almanac’s new season all about roads — and this is a classic road trip to kick it off with.

    Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs became famous as “the Vagabonds” — a traveling group that took to the (primitive) roads to see the country and make the occasional business deal. Their exploits captured the imagination of the entire country, and it even involved a few naps.

    Along the way, the unique foursome chopped trees, explored, and ate in style (while catering to the film crew they brought with them). The resulting output was a mix of PR and good old-fashioned fun. Even President Warren G. Harding joined along at one point just to see what the Vagabonds were up to.

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    In Under the Maples, naturalist John Burroughs discusses his philosophy (and a few of his camping exploits).

    R.J.H. DeLoach wrote the most indispensable memoir of life with “The Vagabonds.” You can read it free once you log in.

    Finally, if you just want to check out raw videos of the group, The Henry Ford puts them on their RUclip channel.

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Comments • 600

  • Phil Edwards
    Phil Edwards  4 months back

    Hey, thanks for checking this out - it's this first of five episodes all about roads. We'll have the next one next Friday. Oh, and you can help us make more projects like this by joining the lab

    • TheMatrix52
      TheMatrix52  3 months back

      @DGDolgicer facts Hitler got most of his hateful rhetoric from Henry Ford

    • DGDolgicer
      DGDolgicer  3 months back

      Why you making videos about Ford? He was a virulent anti-Semite and a friend of Hitler’s

    • Kel McGowan
      Kel McGowan  4 months back

      I'm looking forward to the other 4 episodes Phil. This one was interesting.

    • Aizah Malik
      Aizah Malik  4 months back

      @Phil Edwards that's really cool and I appreciate u replying so fast. I have davinci resolve and its excellent and easy to use. I was asking for a friend of mine who's interested in graphic design. Thanks for the help!

  • Stephen Siu
    Stephen Siu  1 days back

    So basically they were vlogging.

    • Love a Narc Once
      Love a Narc Once  2 weeks back

      Mr Ford give his son million dollars for his birthday when people were out of work smh that's 1900s

      • Jesper van Vugt
        Jesper van Vugt  3 weeks back

        Is it just me or would this make a really interesting movie

        • C Siwele
          C Siwele  1 months back

          wow... the closing quote is so telling...

          • Jeff VanderMel
            Jeff VanderMel  1 months back

            Ok, I am really intrigued by The Vagabonds. We need a movie about them, That would be cool.

            • Owen killoran
              Owen killoran  1 months back

              Anyone know where that quote at the end can be found

              • LOH
                LOH  2 months back

                Guy saying he would call Mcfarlane, was a joke. What happened to the laugh track?

                • labyrinth187
                  labyrinth187  2 months back

                  100 years later, they will talk about elon musk, bill gates and mark zuckerberg...

                  • Navid
                    Navid  3 months back

                    THIS is the coolest thing I’ve never heard of before

                    • Dhruvin Chudasma
                      Dhruvin Chudasma  3 months back

                      The music choice is 🔥🔥🔥. Does anyone know the credits for them?

                      • Jennifer Mayes
                        Jennifer Mayes  3 months back

                        Nothing like a big group of racists and anti Semitic aholes camping together

                        • Red Bull
                          Red Bull  3 months back

                          This guy was definitely calculated

                          • Richard Wagner
                            Richard Wagner  3 months back

                            Henry Ford wrote a very interesting novel one time . I wish more people knew about that .

                            • GrumpyFinch
                              GrumpyFinch  3 months back

                              Shenanigans. In. Suits.

                              • Randy Bobandy
                                Randy Bobandy  3 months back

                                Henry Ford is well known to have hated jews and supported Hitler's views. LOL

                                • Beatrice
                                  Beatrice  3 months back

                                  I need a movie Hollywood

                                  • WJ isme
                                    WJ isme  3 months back

                                    Me and the Bois in the 1900s

                                    • ELMOSOPRANO
                                      ELMOSOPRANO  3 months back

                                      Ya do tho know half the inventions were stolen right ????🤣

                                      • chucka187
                                        chucka187  3 months back

                                        These guys were doing YouTube before YouTube exist. Like 1900’s DDE. 😂

                                        • ThePowerage123
                                          ThePowerage123  3 months back

                                          Can we get more detailed music credits please? I can't track down any of the music from this video...

                                          • ultra Slye
                                            ultra Slye  3 months back

                                            I love the soundtrack of this video

                                            • itsmissheidi
                                              itsmissheidi  3 months back

                                              Imagine if they had social medias during their days. We'd see lots of lives and Instagram stories

                                              • Dornelas Dinh
                                                Dornelas Dinh  3 months back

                                                This story felt complete. Thank you

                                                • Epsilon Jay ɛɈ ⸋ Ȣ ƪ ϡ ϧ Ϯ ϗ ƕ ⸈

                                                  Nikola Tesla is still better.

                                                  • Miguel Reis
                                                    Miguel Reis  3 months back

                                                    Longer and more detailed account would be awesome.

                                                    • swgeezer
                                                      swgeezer  3 months back

                                                      evil racist friends

                                                      • Quint
                                                        Quint  3 months back

                                                        It’s fun to be racist. You should try it sometime.

                                                    • Chance Ramsey
                                                      Chance Ramsey  3 months back

                                                      Henry Ford and Edison had a summer home compound together in the Florida gulf coast near FT. Myers

                                                      • ravi kiran
                                                        ravi kiran  3 months back

                                                        Basically old dudes Old version of youtube vlogging with 9 old cameras.

                                                        • QUARTERMASTEREMI6
                                                          QUARTERMASTEREMI6  3 months back

                                                          Thanks, @Phil Edwards, _for the kind of unique and uncommon content that can't be found anywhere else._
                                                          This is why I love Vox Almanac! Never would I hear of the times where _"World War I breaks out, ROADTRIP!"_ between famous friends.

                                                          • Timothy White
                                                            Timothy White  3 months back

                                                            Glamping is great.
                                                            I wish I could take shefs and waiters on my expeds.

                                                            • Mr Makrin
                                                              Mr Makrin  3 months back

                                                              Ah look, it’s the Inventor Thief!

                                                              • Aliza Carillo
                                                                Aliza Carillo  3 months back

                                                                Nikola Tesla was not invited to the group.

                                                                • Luca Fiorini
                                                                  Luca Fiorini  3 months back

                                                                  Burroughs: "We grow weary of our luxuries and conveniences."
                                                                  Also Burroughs: *Brings five-star chefs and service*

                                                                  • andrewcoleobx
                                                                    andrewcoleobx  3 months back

                                                                    Great video except for the end. Shut up

                                                                    • Kenneth James
                                                                      Kenneth James  3 months back

                                                                      modern celebs and titans should take note. lol, Musk, Bezos, Tyson, Gates...camping

                                                                      • MrManifolder
                                                                        MrManifolder  3 months back

                                                                        Three dipshits and John Burroughs drive into the woods...

                                                                        • Brad the Pitts
                                                                          Brad the Pitts  3 months back

                                                                          They would have brought along Nikola Tesla but he was shy, introverted, and too busy experimenting to benefit the future of humanity.

                                                                          • Brad the Pitts
                                                                            Brad the Pitts  2 months back

                                                                            @R. F. Likely also wouldn't go because he was OCD and a such a neat-freak he didn't even like shaking hands!

                                                                          • R. F.
                                                                            R. F.  2 months back

                                                                            Nikola wouldnt go because he knew Edison was a thief

                                                                        • Victor carrero guerrero
                                                                          Victor carrero guerrero  3 months back


                                                                          • Dell12 16
                                                                            Dell12 16  3 months back

                                                                            Me and the boys

                                                                            • Christian Dela Pena
                                                                              Christian Dela Pena  3 months back

                                                                              Among your Almanac videos, this is one of my faves.

                                                                              • Anh Duy Nguyen Dinh
                                                                                Anh Duy Nguyen Dinh  3 months back

                                                                                Avenger endgame is the most ambitious crossover in the history.

                                                                                Ford: Hold my T model
                                                                                Edison: Hold my light buld
                                                                                Burroughs: Hold my beard
                                                                                Firestone: wait, what about me
                                                                                Edison: dUDeeeeee!!!

                                                                                • The Goddamn Batman
                                                                                  The Goddamn Batman  3 months back

                                                                                  "We go weary of our luxuries and conveniences..."
                                                                                  ...Brings along 5 star chefs.

                                                                                  • Axei mash
                                                                                    Axei mash  3 months back

                                                                                    I live in West Orange

                                                                                    • grey head
                                                                                      grey head  3 months back

                                                                                      Edison was a cold business man, he was no inventor and cheated Tesla out of everything.

                                                                                      • Geno
                                                                                        Geno  3 months back

                                                                                        I wanna lick his eats.

                                                                                        • Jo ThX_BRAIN
                                                                                          Jo ThX_BRAIN  3 months back

                                                                                          Anyone now the soundtracks used in the video?

                                                                                          • mac berry
                                                                                            mac berry  3 months back

                                                                                            The version is called Davos. No camping, just extreme cold