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tucsonrv 02-09-2021 08:12 AM

History of Air Conditioner
The Goldberg Brothers - The Inventors of the automobile Air Conditioner

Here's a little known fact for automotive buffs, or just to dazzle your friends. The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Maxwell, invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner. On July 17, 1946, the temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees.

The four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford's office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter.

Henry was curious and invited them into his office. They refused and instead asked that he come out to the parking lot to their car. They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about 130 degrees inside, turned on the air conditioner, and cooled the car off immediately.

The old man got very excited and invited them back to the office, where he offered them $3 million for the patent.

The brothers refused, saying they would settle for $2 million, but they wanted the recognition by having a label, 'The Goldberg Air-Conditioner,' on the dashboard of each car in which it was installed.

Now old man Ford was more than just a little anti-Jewish, and there was no way he was going to put the Goldberg's name on two million Fords.

They haggled back and forth for about two hours and finally agreed on $4 million and that just their first names would be shown...

And so to this day, all Ford air conditioners show -- Lo, Norm, Hi, and Max -- on the controls.

69Stang 02-09-2021 08:20 AM

I thought it was a great history story, until I got to the end. LOL.

MSHappyCampers 02-09-2021 11:15 AM

You had me going there! :laugh::rofl:

Air Conditioned Gypsy 02-09-2021 11:18 AM

Hook, Line, & Sinker!



BC Pest 02-09-2021 12:22 PM

What got me is the $4 million in 1946.

Ray,IN 02-09-2021 10:31 PM

Can someone help get this hook out of my mouth?

TonyDi 02-09-2021 10:44 PM

You reeled me in on that one.

BobJones 02-10-2021 01:29 AM

Wasn't there a Rube Goldberg.....

NITEHAWK 02-10-2021 07:47 AM

Yup, Rube was my idol.

bsinmich 02-11-2021 04:32 PM

Packard had the first car with AC in 1939. It took up the whole trunk.

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