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|"#32392 PHOTO © 1990 BERTRAM
BANNER" showing a couple gazing at each other while astride a motorcycle, unused black
& white continental post card with good edges. Sexy! (2 available) $1.50 each. m
"13430. The Record Breaking Sears Motorcycle. Sears, Roebuck & Co's. Exhibit / Illinois State Fair Grounds, Springfield, Ill." unused Acmegraph postcard with unevenly divided back (circa-1908), good edges. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. i(s)m
"1911 L. P. Bakenbush" penned in name on front hard to read due to sloppy writing & a pen skip--Bakenbush or Bakerbush or something like that; rider astride an Indian motorcycle with large (winner-size for an important race) trophy, Azo (triangles all up) real photo taken by Myers Photo Company (112½ So. High St., Columbus, Ohio). Back annotation: ' My former partner in Lancaster O 3-1-1910.' The writing on the trophy is not legible under high magnification. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. mo(l)r
3-wheel delivery truck & trailer of the R. W. Rice Coal Company, on Wilbraham Road in Springfield Massachusetts, the Indian Motocycle plant in the background, manufactured by the Knox Automobile Company on the other side of that street; approximately 8-5/8"x6-1/2" original real photo with good focus & contrast. Knox was in business 1900 - 1914, but because such vehicles were unstable in braking turns, 3-wheelers were made only briefly. Rice Coal was incorporated in 1903, and probably bought this vehicle circa 1912 (after the first one was sold to the Springfield Fire Department.) Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 amm
"42. - Pontivy. -- Rue du Fil Renne" in France, including most of a Hyalcyon Cycles sign at the left & a postcard stand near the Bazar, black & white from Laurent-Nel, unused, corner crease, bends at another. $3.25 mf
"A Happy New Year / SER.240" with intricately embossed art showing a young couple in a fanciful three-wheel motorcycle, postcard with unevenly divided back mailed DEC 29 1908 to Master Marvin Hess in Kaukauna Wisconsin, small upper corner bend, small bottom corner crease. $4.50 nm
"Collection 'PORTRAITS DE CINEMA' (1re série) / 8. Léo Mirkine. Raquel Welsh, Cannes (1966)" seated on back of policeman's motorcycle, unused black & white continental post card with fresh appearance. $2.00 wm
"Commissioner Street Boksburg" in Transvaal, prominently showing the W. Dorning East Rand Motor Works & Boksburg Cycle Depot, the storefront of A. Goldman, and another Cycle Depot further back(!); black & white postcard with red caption, mailed there 1905 but stamp removed creates thin on back, edge wear at top, 2 corner creases (one faint), small spot of yellowish toning in sky, small spots of dark toning at back edges. Depot brand signage: 'Raleigh', 'Swift', ' Abingdon / Grands / & B.S.A.' Exceptionally interesting. $25.00 tm
"Constables of Seycheles(sic) / Islands in Indian Ocean" two of them standing, another on a motorcycle, home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1962 at Millsboro Pennsylvania, a few tiny adherences from stamp perforations at the upper left front. $2.25 slm*
"Daytona Motorcycle Classics, Daytona Beach, Florida" at the Daytona International Speedway, chrome post card mailed 1971, corner crease that is hard to see from the front. $4.00 fm
"E. C. LOWES, / RURAL CARRIER, ACTON, IND." in uniform, alongside his Reading Standard motorcycle, unused Azo (triangles up) real photo post card with contrast a bit high & oxidation appropriate for its age, light album toning near the back edges. Rare: no others found offered or exhibited when we searched the Internet. Mentioned as Earnest, married, in an 1916 Indianapolis News obituary for someone else. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. i(a)pgm
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"Excelsior / Auto Cycle" two-seater with one rider in a farm setting including chickens & a barn, circa 1915-1916; unused Cyko real photo postcard with divided back; good detail, high contrast, trivial wear to 3 corners. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. m
"HARLEY-DAVIDSON® / Limited Edition / MOTORCLOTHES® / APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES / FALL 2006 / PUT SOME SCENIC IN THE BYWAYS" oversize (approximately 6"x9") post card mailed to Ohio. Fashion modeled includes the Mettle Leather Jacket, Mockneck Zip Front Seater with Patch Jeans & the Stylus Leather Jacket with Chaps. Surprisingly good edges, several tiny but noticeable scuffs from the postal equipment show on front. $1.50 mf
"HARLEY-DAVIDSON® / MOTORCLOTHES® SOME DUST NEVER SETTLES / APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES / LIMITED EDITION / 2006 / SUMMER" oversize (approximately 6"x9") post card mailed to Ohio. Fashion modeled includes the Legendary Leather Jacket & the Suspicion Leather Jacket with Chaps. Surprisingly good edges, several tiny but noticeable scuffs from the postal equipment show on front, tiny corner bend. $1.50 mf
"HARLEY-DAVIDSON® RACE COLLECTION / APPAREL and ACCESSORIES / PODIUM WEAR" oversize (approximately 6"x9") post card mailed to Ohio. Fashion modeled includes the Raceway Leather Jacket, Screamin' Eagle Twill Jacket & the Screamin' Eagle Race Shirt. Surprisingly good edges, tiny scuff from the postal equipment shows on back. Models include Andrew Hines & G. T. Tonglet from the Vance & Hines NHRA Pro Stock Team. $2.50 mfr& NEW / NOUVEAU / NUEVO
"HEY . . . HOW 'BOUT / YOU DRIVIN' FER / A WHILE? // C-80" with the biker obviously intent on fondling the young lady; comic postcard with signed Bob Petley art mailed SEP 28 1953 at Barstow California to Freddie Thompson in Norfolk Virginia, small upper corner bend, light toning on back. $5.00 cma(p)
"Home of Racycle, Middletown, Ohio" showing a man with his bike standing outside the Miami Cycle & Mfg. Co., postcard printed in Germany for Dysert Art Company (their number 2716 on back), mailed there. Back with pertinent annotations in pencil by former owner: 'Makers of ... Hudson & Miami Bicycles, Motorcycles, Musselman Coaster Brakes'. The Middletown Library has an uncolored example in their collection; they are the only ones exhibiting it. This is the only example, colored or otherwise, that we have ever seen actually offered on the Internet. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 bo(m)mi
"HONDA / Some people have all the fun" postcard advertising the grand opening of Honda of Newark in Newark Ohio, May 16-17 1969 (cancel is May 14 1969), tape discoloration at top center of both sides, minor corner wear. The slogan was used extensively for its motorcycle advertising in magazines, but this particular card is uncommon. $4.50 mo(n)a
"JA16P 'Rush Hour' / Photo: Jon Abeyta" woman motorcycle passenger reaches into lovers shirt, unused black & white continental postcard, small corner bend. $1.25 m
"KPJ9192" with cartoon art depicting a Native American riding a motor scooter that is pulling a teepee, QSL postcard used by operator Steve Bennett in the 1960's, tiny corner bend, a little writing on back. $2.00 i(m)m
"LIKE A FLASH / INDIAN MOTOCYCLE / HENDEE MFG. CO. / SPRINGFIELD, MASS." unused circa-1923 advertising post card with unevenly divided back, good edges. A lot of dealers hype this card as being much earlier, but they are wrong. Take a look at the words 'INDIAN MOTOCYCLE' with no R. According to the official company history, the R was dropped from the phrase in 1923! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (publication quality) & enhanced 300-dpi scan in .jpg format. $3.75 mm(s)a
"Limited Edition Apparel & Accessories / HARLEY DAVIDSON® / MOTORCLOTHES® / HOLIDAY 2006 RUMBLE ALL THE WAY" oversize (approximately 6"x9") post card mailed to Ohio. Fashion modeled includes the Nemesis 2-in-1 Jacket with Camo Cargo Pants & the Passion Leather Jacket. Surprisingly good edges, several tiny but noticeable scuffs from the postal equipment show on front. $1.50 mf
"Miss Isobel Elsom, the well-known Actress / and Cinema Star on her Ner-a-Car" postcard mailed 4 MAY 1923 from Kennington England to Miss G. Wilkinson at Bolton, Bradford stating: 'We are now in receipt of Guarantee Certificate in respect of Machine No. 3195, for which we thank you. Yours faithfully, THE SHEFFIELD SIMPLEX CO.' Miss Elsom was then a silent movie actress (credits from 1918) who would have a long career in movies, theater (after 1926) and TV (Hallmark Hall of Fame, Lux Video Theatre, etc.). The image demonstrates one of the Ner-a-Car advantages--namely its step-through design permitted its rider to wear ordinary clothing, such as skirts. Also noteworthy, it was the first motorcycle having a feet-forward design. The company made approximately 6,500 Ner-a-Cars from 1921-1926; a register maintained by Yahoo today estimates that about 50 still survive in Europe. A rare postcard, we could find no other example. Similar acknowledgements were probably discarded after the guarantee time period was up. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (publication quality) & enhanced 300-dpi scan in .jpg format. $3.75 e(s)mm
Motorcycle club posed outside a bike shop (sign hard to read under high magnification because of its slant toward the viewer): Harley-Davidson at the left, 2 Excelsior's (one with occupied sidecar) & 2 others. We believe the lightweight bike in the center foreground is unusual; we could not find its logo on an image search of the Internet. The long handle bars on the back center bike may help you to identify it. $20.00 m NEW / NOUVEAU / NUEVO
"MOTORCYCLE DAREDEVILTRY -- The Vickels / defy gravity as they perform breathtaking stunts / on the stratocycle precariously perched on a wire / high above the arena at The Greatest Show on Earth, unused post card, 1973 copyright. Great action in vertical format, including a lady performing on a trapeze suspended from the motorcycle. $3.50 cm
"Motorcycling is great / sport in / Hamilton, O. / '674" unused postcard with unevenly divided back, minor wear to 2 corners, a few tiny spots of toning on back. Surprisingly hard to find for any town. The top 2 lines of the caption also accompanies other drawings of the children (such as kissing); but they too are surprisingly hard to find. $7.50 mo(h)c
"Motor sled" uncaptioned so we quote briefly from the explanatory message, Azo (triangles up) sepia-tone real photo postcard, addressed to Mr Charles DeLong in Sarasota Florida & messaged but not stamped (probably used as an enclosure within a cover), oxidation consistent with circa-1917 age, lightly toned back, a bit of the lower left front corner missing but not knocked off or scissor-cut (probable end-of-a roll at printer), other corners with minor rounding. The entire message punctuation & misspellings are preserved here: 'Hello Buck how is things going down there here is a picture of the motor sled Umbaugh & I made took the engine and tire wheel out of the motor sackle We was to Lima 2 Sundays It will run as fast as the motor sackle does We had it running about 40 miles an hour on North St My girl is sitting on behind It was taken Christmas day We have been having some wether It got cold right after you left an the snow hasnt left yet Sleighing ever since we are making ice today It is 12 inches thick you might know how cold it would be Every thing OK Clark'. The Lima News (Lima Ohio) on December 8 1917 wrote on its page 1 that "Ohio, Indiana, and part of West Virginia were swept by a terrific blizzard today". That would given the writer enough time to fashion the motorized sled from a motorcycle, take 2 Sunday trips (December 16th & 23rd) to nearby Lima, and culminate his experiences with this Christmas day photograph. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (publication quality) & enhanced 300-dpi scan in .jpg format. $3.75 mwo(l)
"National" motorcycle, 2 couples & another motorcycle posed on a bridge; sepia-tone real photo postcard mailed SEP 30 1912 from Portland Indiana by Ethel Bair (later Ethel Bair Blackburn, who died young in 1914) to her aunt Mrs. G. A. Bair in Richmond Indiana, light spotty toning on back, bottom corner crease, other corner & edge wear is minor, oxidation consistent with age. According to the National Motorcycle Museum about 500 of these machines survive today. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. m
"NEVER BLEND IN. / THE SPRING 2007 / HALEY-DAVIDSON® / MOTORCLOTHES® COLLECTION" oversize (approximately 6"x9") post card mailed to Ohio. Fashion modeled includes the Evangeline Leather Halter, the Bad Moon Leather Jacket & the Evangeline Leather Jacket. Surprisingly good edges, a little scuff from the postal equipment shows in the front sky. $2.00 mf& NEW / NOUVEAU / NUEVO
"Our Big Catalogue / of 1216 Guaranteed / Articles will save / you $ $ $ $ $ / Motorcycle Equipment Co. / Hammondsport, N. Y. // HAVE A DRINK / WITH ME! // Pacific Coast Branch / Los Angeles -Calif." circa-1907 postcard with unevenly divided back, mailed to Mr. Samuel Shadman in Nisbet Pennsylvania, stamp damaged & uncancelled, long bottom corner crease hard to see from the front, back lightly toned. SOLD RECENTLY n(h)ma
"Out in the Country, MC23 / From the Bruwell's Collection / ... / Tinted with Bruwell's Magic Color" showing 2 motorcycles near small tent in mountainous area, unused continental post card. $1.25 mc
"Post Office force at Convoy Ohio / Owen" showing the postal workers with stuffed mailbags & their two motorcycles; Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with good focus & contrast, writing on the back (addressed to Cara Ford) used for the caption, minor corner rounding. We are told that the motorbike at the left is an Indian. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 o(c)pm
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Race-winner and runner-up pose with their Indian motorcycles on an unused sepia-tone Azo (triangles all up) real photo post card, small upper corner crease nowhere near the image. The size of the trophy indicates a major race circa-1910; it is similar, but not identical to the trophy on display on display at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington Ohio. The Indian factory fielded a "team" in name only those days. Competitions amongst their riders were fierce; as can be judged by the expression & body language shown by the 2nd place finisher. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. mr
"Renfield Street, Glasgow" at the corner with many pedestrians near the Forsythe building & showing an awning reading 'THE / CLYDESDALE RU... / MOTOR CYCLING...' in the right foreground", real photo within an embossed border, postcard mailed there 1927, paper browning with age, lightly toned front, mild corner wear. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif (approximately 149,552 bytes) tif format. $1.50 sm
"Ride it / Again // MOTOR / HARLEY-DAVIDSON / CYCLES // INSTANT WIN PRIZES GALORE! // ... / NEW / 2001 VERSION!" Ohio lottery brochure in 8 panels (3 shown) with the grand prize being 6 Harley Sportster® 1200 Custom motorcycles. Interesting listing of all Ohio authorized Harley dealers at the time, with their addresses & phone numbers. Good condition, a little waviness to the paper when unfolded (looks like toning in the scan). Someone who has this cycle will want to frame it properly. $5.00 m
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"TagLights / Stand Out in a city of Tail Lights" continental size advertising card illustrating the product, website details, and kit contents from Martiki LLC, no post card back, near mint. $1.50 m
"THE 2007 / HARLEY-DAVIDSON / MOTORCLOTHES COLLECTION" approximately 9"x6" oversize advertising post card, full color both sides illustrating 3 different leather jackets, bend at one corner. $1.00 mf
"THE HOLIDAY 2007 / HARLEY-DAVIDSON® / MOTORCLOTHES® COLLECTION" oversize (approximately 6"x9") post card mailed to Ohio. Fashion modeled includes the Attitude Leather Jacket & the Dazzle Lambskin Leather Jacket. Surprisingly good edges, a long corner bend that is hard to see on front. $2.00 mf
"THE NEW GEAR IS HERE. / THE 2007 / HARLEY-DAVIDSON® / MOTORCLOTHES® COLLECTION" oversize (approximately 6"x9") post card mailed to Ohio. Fashion modeled includes the FRXG Midweight Leather Jacket, the whirlwind Perforated Leather Jacket & the Transportation Leather Jacket. Surprisingly good edges, a little scuff from the postal equipment is hard to see on front. $2.00 mf& NEW / NOUVEAU / NUEVO
"There was an old woman who lived in a shoe, / She had so many children she didn't know what to do. / She bought each a bike, with the brake called ECLIPSE, / And sends them off safely on long wheeling trips./ When your safety's at stake / The ECLIPSE is the brake." with cartoon style art including many children riding on bicycles, advertising post card mailed 1912 from Elmira New York to William Pasco in South Butler New York. On back there is a drawing of the mechanism over the words 'There are only six main parts in an ECLIPSE / BICYCLE COASTER BRAKE, which makes / it so simple that a child can assemble it; yet it / has the largest and most effective braking sur- / face of any made. Wise dealers are using this / brake exclusively. Write the Eclipse Machine / Company, Elmira, New York.' That text is followed by an image of their large manufacturing plant. After 1909, so this brake had been modified so it could be used on motorcycles as well! Well rounded corners, 2 corners multiply creased, light toning near the back bottom edge. $40.00 bmn(e)a-na
"THE SUNDAY HERALD--BOSTON, FEBRUARY 25 / Mr. and Mrs. T. K. Hastings Riding in a Tri-Car / In Havana and Equipped for a Journey Into the Suburbs" circa-1907 advertising postcard for Indian motorcycles reproducing the article with its illustration for a contemporaneous & enterprising salesman, Undivided back, minor corner & edge wear, 2 short internal creases from the right front center. Theodore K. Hastings was the Vice President of the Federation of American Motorcyclists. He was out of Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City and made publicity trips abroad to Cuba & England, competing successfully at times. His activity continued at least into 1908 where we found numerous different mentions of him in Vol. LVII of the Bicycling World & Motorcycle Review. Pertinent personal message handwritten on front complements the advertising intent: 'Dear Veda. Have just returned from an 800 mile trip on my Indian. The Hendee Co Spring-field, Mass make them but your local dealer will show you. They are fast, cheap and economical, and it dont(sic) take an expert to run it and keep it going. Want one. Harry'. Rare: no one else can show you this. The reason you do not see any more of these is probably because the newspaper objected to the use of all its presumably copyrighted article, text and illustration, for an unintended commercial purpose of another business. That was also the probable reason the card was mailed under cover, instead mailing exposed to public view as a postcard. After paying to make them, the salesman still want to use them, even when pressured by the Boston Herald! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. can(b)m(b)nmg(h)
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Uncaptioned advertising card showing an Indian tri-car motorcycle taking a couple at speed over a county road, waving to two motorcyclists in the distance; mailed DEC 3 1915 (World Panama-Pacific Exposition cancel neatly struck) to Glenford Ohio, minor corner wear & rounding. Uncommon; possibly given out at the Expo itself. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. ma
Uncaptioned & unused Azo (triangles all up) real photo postcard showing a motorcycle racing past some fans at a track, small bottom corner crease, very light toning both sides. The vertical sign towards the center gives the impression that the cyclists were racing the clock, rather than a group of enthusiasts. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. mr
Uncaptioned & unused VELOX (1907 - 1917 stamp box) sepia-tone real photo postcard showing a man & woman on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle with sidecar, small x-shaped scratch on the gas tank. Judging by the dirt on the tires & elsewhere they had just been out for a ride, light fingerprint toning on back, slight oxidation consistent with age. Obviously one-of-a-kind: no caption, no photographer or publisher credit. Sold but both views still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. m
Uncaptioned circa-1908 real photo postcard Cyko postcard with evenly divided back (hence 1908 or later) showing a well-dressed man (sporting a tophat & tie) riding a motorized tricycle powered with a DeDion-Bouton engine at its rear. We take it to be an early design because the wire-supported front-wheel brake design is simply not to be seen on other motorized tricycle images when we searched the Internet. The engine burned naphtha, gasoline, or petroleum making it possible for its rider to pedal, rely on the engine, or both. The gentleman is probably an undertaker going to work; the other type of well-dressed worker of the day would be a chimney sweep, who would have no use for the tie and probably tote some of his brushes to work. A few words about dating the postcard: Cyko evenly divided backs are seen from 1908 - 1920's; the last DeDion single-cylinder engine was built in 1908. That does not mean that he tricycle was built then, however. The Orient motorized tricycle with licensed DeDion-Bouton engine was produced by the Waltham Manufacturing Company from 1899 - 1901 in Massachusetts, for example. And other companies were licensees as well. Your theory as to its manufacturer can be tested by the name-plate partially visible on the steering column or by the distinctive large logo before the rider's knee -- both included in our close-up. SOLD RECENTLY bm
Uncaptioned sepia-tone Azo (triangles all up) real photo of a man riding a modified Indian tri-car motorcycle out of its shed, Indian brand showing to the left of the M's in SAUM MN pennant (possibly home-made by a resident bent on popularizing the name of that small unincorporated community). The sedan chair that you may be accustomed to seeing in front looks to have been modified or repurposed to become a high-capacity wheelbarrow for farm duty. Extensive light toning & surface abrasions on front obscure nothing, tiny paper separation at one corner, other corners with minor rounding. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. m(s)m
Uncaptioned sepia-tone Azo (triangles both ways, circa-1920) real photo postcard shows a motorcycle with side car pulling a skier through thick snow, driver leaning for balance on a slight slope; small bottom corner crease misses the image, back undivided, good edges. The ultimate thrill ride? Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. mws(s)
Uncaptioned sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard showing a Washington Court House Ohio motorcycle club before 'Richardson's Hand Laundry' (330 Main Street) & the garage next door (324 Main Street, a corner of East). Garage signage includes: '... / GARAGE / AUTO REPAIR / ...', 'FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE / THE SIL... / INDIAN MOTORCYCLES / SINGLE OR TWIN CYLINDER / SURPASSING QUALITY - POWER - RELIABILITY' & 'DRIVE SLOW' (admonishing those entering). The only mention we could find of the laundry was in the 1913 Washington Court House and Fayette County Directory, which helps to locate & date the card; it further disclosed it was owned by Frank C. Richardson. A pennant hanging down from the motorbike at the extreme left partially reads 'WASHINGTON...' and 'C. H.' undoubtedly followed. 'SIL...' probably completes as 'SILVER', making it an old sign because the early branding of Indians was 'Silver King' & 'Silver Queen'. Several curved internal creases from the edges, some oxidation consistent with age & toned back. Sold but shown views still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. o(w)m
Uncaptioned sepia-tone circa-1912 photograph the size of a regular postcard, showing a motorcycle with side car, flag waving, diver risking a 2-wheel ride. Possibly a parade stunt or preparation for a parade stunt. Light uneven toning on the back, uneven slightly wavy cut to the top. Dangerous: the flag partially obscures his view, and if his left foot catches the ground, it would not be pretty, especially without a helmet! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. m
Uncaptioned sepia-tone real photo postcard showing a lady with 2 children & a dog posed on a Kerry motorcycle with side car & English license plate H.5084. Mailed OCT 2 1909 from London to Miss Alice Turner (staying at a hotel in Crewkerne Somerset). The name Kerry is plainly on the motor to the left of the boy's foot; the teenage girl's dress probably covers the company logo on the fuel tank. The basket for the side car has an interesting history. From 1904 to 1907 Kerry made a Tri-Kar, which was a three-wheel motorized bicycle on which passengers rode up front in a large basket, with supporting wheels on either side of them. [You can view the Tri-Kar in an advertisement in the November 1st 1904 The Motor.] The Kerry Company manufactured motorcycles until 1915, according to the authoritative cybermotorcycle.com/euro/brands/kerry.htm. We see from this rare photograph that they put their sturdy-basket-making know-how to work on side cars in their later years. Notice how English side cars were to the driver's left, in contrast to American side cars which were to the driver's right. That difference arose because respective drivers drove on different sides of the road. Alongside the handwritten communication on back is a neat handstamp reading 'S. E. DREW, 11, Westbourne Rd. Barnsbury, N.', a fairly fashionable London residential address to this day, who was the sender. Altogether a rare image: we could not find any other image of a Kerry motorcycle with side car when we searched the Internet. SOLD RECENTLY me(l)g(d)
Uncaptioned sepia-tone real photo postcard showing a woman conveyed by a motorcycle with side car to the Tent City office at Euclid Beach amusement park (Cleveland Ohio), salesman respectfully removing his hat as she arrives; mailed AUG 8 1909 (a Sunday) to Mrs. H. S. Parks in Watertown New York, upper corner crease, minor rounding to the corners, back with uneven album toning. Postcard sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 o(c)cma
Unused keychain with Harley-Davidson delivery truck in soft bright-yellow plastic. Ad for A. D. Farrow Company (America's oldest Harley dealer) both sides. Nice! $4.50 ma
Unused sepia-tone Azo (triangles all up) real photo with exemplary composition & contrasts, showing the interior of an automotive supply shop with an very old motorcycle on display, back shelves filled with Eveready batteries, Half Inch grease & motor oil cans; occupants oozing attitude. The name between the young lady and the steering column is not legible under high magnification; it has stumped the personnel of 2 noted motorcycle museums. The long footboard is reminiscent of a 1913 Scott. This is the oldest photograph we could find of a woman seated on a motorcycle. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. mi(s)
"Up Ft Ancient Hill" in Warren County Ohio; sepia-tone real photo post card mailed SEP 24 1914 to Mr. D. B. Reed in Somerville Ohio by motorcycle salesman Richard Morrison in Middletown Ohio who wrote on back with surprising candor: 'Started over Sunday morning and broke down near Jacksonburg had to walk home. If I can still be of service to you let me know. If you see [name] tell him I have a fork spring for him.' A fork spring suspension allows a motorcycle to travel off-road or race in motocross events (a fairly new sport at that time). One of the main advantages of motorcycle travel to a bicyclist would be the ability to easily climb hills. The Fort Ancient hills are actually a collection of earthenworks or mounds built by the Hopewell peoples circa 1st century BC - 6th century AD. $30.00 o(f)mia
"U. S. MOTORCYCLE CORPS, SHOWING ARMOURED MOTORCYCLE WITH MACHINE GUN." More precisely: a shielded Hotchkiss machine gun on an early Harley-Davidson. Unused white-border era postcard, trivial corner wear. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 mwm(a)!
"Warning of approach / Art IV.(5). He shall / give audible and sufficient warning .. when overtaking / foot passengers .. / ..." with signed Chas. Crombie (Charles Edward Crombie) comic art depicting a motorcyclist using his horn to warn pedestrians, a pig & some ducks of his approach along a country path; postcard from the Reo Series, printed in Germany, former owner's handstamp neatly on back, minor corner wear. The law quoted was the British Motor Car Act of 1903 (which went into effect in 1904). It differentiated for the first time between motorcars and motorcycles. A bell was another approved method spelled out in the law for warning pedestrians, but we wonder -- if the pedestrian could not hear the motorcycle, why would the horn or bell be heard? It is on such absurdities that comic postcards are made. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(c)mlc
"Well here's looking at you. Mr. and Mrs. Neal Cochran / Los Angeles Calif / June 21 1910" uncaptioned (so we use all the writing on front) real photo postcard. Writing on back continues in part: "The picture on the opposite side is the Mrs. and I as we some times go joying(sic) riding. Neal Cochrane'. The writer at that time was a former employee of the Wright Brothers bicycle shop in Dayton Ohio, and was thus sufficiently skilled to modify what we believe is the Excelsior shown. The newly married couple continued his association with pioneer aviators when on the West Coast. He and Leona Cowan got married in the airplane of Turpin who them promptly took them up for a ride. A ship followed that airplane as it flew over water, in case of difficulties. The news made Dayton Ohio papers. Asked if she thought her trip a bit dangerous she replied "I just love excitement, anyhow, and I knew that there was not danger. Mr. Turpin is a fine pilot and and landed us safely. It was a swell trip and one that no other bride has taken." The small sign in the background informs its viewers that Venice California was 4 miles distant. Small bottom corner bend, trivial corner wear otherwise & oxidation consistent with age. Sold but front side & close-up still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. mc(l)g(c)
"You learned to walk. / You can learn to ride." continental advertising card for a Columbus Ohio Harley-Davidson dealer's instructional program, near mint. $1.25 ma
Z-Cardz sample consisting of a motorcycle that has been correctly assembled from a card smaller than a regular postcard, including its protective box. Intricate & colorful, ready for display. $1.00 m3
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