By the 1980s, pickups were an extremely popular everyday vehicle, common on urban and suburban roads and as a family vehicle. "Weekend warriors" in the suburbs purchased pickup trucks for big jobs such as hauling their own appliances, yard tools, furniture, and do-it-yourself projects. Sales of pickup trucks soared in the 1990s, along with sport-utility vehicles and Jeeps. Exterior "good looks" and powerful engines are combined with increased interior detail. Big pickup trucks returned, now with comfort and convenience that rivals luxury passenger cars: roomier interiors, fully adjustable large seats, behind-seat storage, and a fold-down armrest that can accommodate a computer and peripherals. The versatility and dependability of the pickup truck make it a big seller: among new vehicles sold in the United States today, the top two sellers are pickup trucks. Carrying more than cargo, the pickup truck is now a fixed cultural symbol of durability and reliability. For more information about The Farmers' Museum and events related to this exhibition, please visit FarmersMuseum.org.
About The Farmers' MuseumAs one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers' Museum's outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.
###Photo: File: 1922_Model T_Richard Walker_8732.jpg Credit: 1922 Ford Model T. Photo by Richard Walker For more information, please contact: Todd Kenyon New York State Historical Association Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers' Museum Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: email@example.com