Cars are such a great illustration of how things changed from the time Rosetta was born to the present. She wasn't quite one year old when this slick 1910 Ford Model T burst onto the scene. Going for a little spin in the convertible? Be sure to wear a duster and hat.
The Model T was designed by Childe Harold Wills, and Hungarian immigrants Joseph A. Galamb and Eugene Farkas. Henry Love, C. J. Smith, Gus Degner and Peter E. Martin were also part of the team. Production of the Model T began in the third quarter of 1908. Collectors today sometimes classify Model Ts by build years and refer to these as "model years", thus labeling the first Model Ts as 1909 models, the year Rosetta was born.
With ten children and low income, her immigrant family couldn't afford one of these new-fangled contraptions. There is certainly no connection, but during her long life Rosetta never learned to drive. She traveled around Chicago, and later Los Angeles, using public transportation. She was a whiz with bus schedules and could find a route to most any destination, even if it took about 30 minutes by car and 2 hours or more by bus.
|2006 - Ford's Refl3x Concept Car|
|1914 Model T|
|2016 Ford GT|
"Can We Come in and Laugh, Too?" takes you back to Rosetta's era with wonderful descriptions of being born in the early 1900's, going through the Flapper era, World War I and II, all the way up to the late 80s. She grew up in a zany family, so laugh along with some of her funny stories.