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 • 597

  • Phil Edwards
    Phil Edwards  3 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

    • 5252
      5252  2 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  3 months back

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

    • Aizah Malik
      Aizah Malik  3 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!

  • C Siwele
    C Siwele  2 weeks back

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

    • Jeff VanderMel
      Jeff VanderMel  2 weeks back

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

      • Owen killoran
        Owen killoran  3 weeks 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  2 months back

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

              • Dhruvin Chudasma
                Dhruvin Chudasma  2 months back

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

                • Jennifer Mayes
                  Jennifer Mayes  2 months back

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

                  • Red Bull
                    Red Bull  2 months back

                    This guy was definitely calculated

                    • Richard Wagner
                      Richard Wagner  2 months back

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

                      • GrumpyFinch
                        GrumpyFinch  2 months back

                        Shenanigans. In. Suits.

                        • Randy Bobandy
                          Randy Bobandy  2 months back

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

                          • Beatrice
                            Beatrice  2 months back

                            I need a movie Hollywood

                            • WJ isme
                              WJ isme  2 months back

                              Me and the Bois in the 1900s

                              • ELMOSOPRANO
                                ELMOSOPRANO  2 months back

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

                                • chucka187
                                  chucka187  2 months back

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

                                  • ThePowerage123
                                    ThePowerage123  2 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  2 months back

                                      I love the soundtrack of this video

                                      • itsmissheidi
                                        itsmissheidi  2 months back

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

                                        • Dornelas Dinh
                                          Dornelas Dinh  2 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  2 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  1 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.  1 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

                                                                                      • lokesh divekar
                                                                                        lokesh divekar  3 months back

                                                                                        me and boys but high iq edition

                                                                                        • GregWolf
                                                                                          GregWolf  3 months back

                                                                                          Thomas Edison - America's most famous thief

                                                                                          • Tom Souza
                                                                                            Tom Souza  3 months back

                                                                                            What a story... Waiting for the next episode!