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The Harland Krause Motorcycle Photo Album

antique harley-davidson at an endurance run

This is our second post covering images from the Harland Krause photo album. He was active in motorcycling and the sport of hill climbing for twenty or thirty years in both the Beloit, Wisconsin and Rockford, Illinois areas. It appears he may have been friends with, or later rode a hill climb machine for Claude…

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Thirty Speed Records Set by Harley-Davidson at Daytona Beach in 1920

Harley-Davidson riders with a racing machine and a Bullet Sidecar In February of 1920, the Harley-Davidson racing team descended on Daytona Beach, Florida with a number of its racing machines and their star riders intent on setting the record books on fire. There they set up camp during the second week of the month and by the…

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Art Smith – The Life and Times of “The Comet”

Art Smith, a pioneer aviator from Fort Wayne, Indiana, began his career in flight after becoming fascinated with it in 1909 while watching a bird in flight. Comparing what he had seen while observing it, with what he had read about flight and the Wright Brothers experiences, he became instantly enamored with the idea that…

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Oldsmobile Get’s a Straight Eight in 1932 – The Cycletow Conversion

1932 Oldsmobile, Series L Eight, Deluxe Convertible Roadster and a Harley-Davidson single equipped with a Cycletow conversion kit The Paul A. Ziegler Oldsmobile Agency was located at 4515 South Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles when this promotional photo was taken for the car dealer in 1932. Shown in the photo is an Oldsmobile Series L Eight, Deluxe Convertible…

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The Reed Brothers – Selling Dodge’s for Ninety-Four Years, Part I

The Rockville Garage at Veirs Mill Road and Rockville Pike in 1915 This is the first part of a series covering Reed Brothers Dodge, which was located in Rockville, Maryland. It became a franchised agency in 1915, shortly after the Dodge Brothers started producing their own car, late in 1914 after years of producing components and…

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Reiber Indian Sales – Washington, DC

This Indian Sales agency in Washington, DC, was operated Herb Reiber who enjoyed a long career in the motorcycle business that began in the twenties, and continued on to the mid-sixties. He first worked for Harley-Davidson as: a service instructor, a rider on the factory hill climb team, and was part of Harley-Davidson’s racing department. He was also instrumental in…

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The Station Garage – Christchurch, New Zealand

Signage listing “Aeroplane Construction and High Class Motor Cars Repairs,” is the kind of statement that does tend to get your attention. The Station Garage, was located in Christchurch, New Zealand, and if the shop was capable of building airplanes, as they stated, there was a good chance their repair work was also above average. There…

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A Very Entertaining Pre-War Motorcycle Hill Climb Film

Just above we see an airborne Harley-Davidson rider experiencing the thrill of making it to the top at a motorcycle hill climb. The video of a motion picture shown below was taken in the thirties and shows a similar and unidentified event. This silent-film captures just how hard it is for a rider and machine…

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