Vaudeville performers Alfred T. Leece and Daisy D’Avara, a husband and wife team, were involved with the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, B.C. Canada, after it opened in 1927. This set of photos appear to be from an earlier time that may have been in the teens. The images show the couple’s V-Twin Indian motorcycles with sidecars. What really caught our eye, though, was the machine and sidecar equipped with a top with see-through panels and full side and front curtains for both rider and passenger.
The three photos of the combination show that it would have allowed the couple to use it year round in Vancouver, were the average temperature is around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. July and August are usually dry and in contrast to the summer, the rest of the year can be quite rainy especially between October and March. We assume that the lower photo is of an earlier machine possibly with a British sidecar carrying a wicker seat. If you can date the machines or tell us more about the sidecars and the top, please send us a comment. Photos courtesy of the City of Vancouver.