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Chicago policeman Phillip Tolomed on his Harley-Davidson Servi-Car interviews Mrs. Elisabeth Peterson and a passerby. At the same time Officer Michael Ricci on the stairs interviews Mrs. Lorraine Scholwin at 4921 Lester. They were casing the neighborhood after a serious crime had happened on Oct. 20, 1955. Photo by Chicago Sun-Times photo-grapher Walters.
This photo was sent in by Bob Hartung from Winfield, Kansas, of his father who he tells us about below.
The picture is of my father, Bob Hartung taken in July 1948 in Arlington, New Jersey by his home at 40 Washington Ave. After having served in the Navy during WWII he related to me that he took a few years off to travel around on his Harley. He owned three in those years. One was a military model that he bought for $75.00 and brushed painted red to hide the olive drab paint. By 1950 he was working at the Howard Savings Bank in Newark, NJ. He mentioned to me that one day he was called into the manager’s office and told, “People that work in banks, don’t ride motorcycles, you’ll have to make a choice”. He chose the bank where he met my mother. They were married in 1951. I came along in 1956.
There is a great post on the Smithsonian.com about A.F.Van Order who is seen above, which we learned about from Jim O’Clair’s post on the HMN Blog. Van Order moved from Illinois to Southern California, so he could ride his motorcycle year-round. He started selling Harley-Davidsons and also took up racing, but that came to a quick end after an accident. Read the posts to get a good picture of how the dangerous sport of motorcycle board track racing really was.