Tag Archives: Harley-Davidson
A very interesting and well done late 1930s vintage film of an unknown motorcycle hill climb. The film is not identified by the poster ReelNostalgia, as at this point the event and location are unknown other than possibly being from California. Perhaps one of our readers is aware of what event this might be?
Even in 1914, as this photo shows us, the old way was still in use in many places. This photo, taken in Birmingham, Alabama, by O .V. Hunt, shows a load of ten crated 1914 Harley-Davidsons being delivered to Cliff Howell, who was the first H-D dealer in the city. The vehicle of choice at the time was a wagon and team. One other point of interest is that the name on the banner on the side of the load does not match the dealer’s name. One thought we have had is that maybe this photo was staged by an enterprising salesman to get his name in the newspaper to further his sales career?
By taking the time to study this photo, we have also learned that junk mail is nothing new and has been around close to 100 years. Note the second floor signage over the Cliff Howell sign. We cannot see the whole printer’s sign, but they were advertising that they sending “Imitation Typewritten Letters” and handling the whole affair including mailing. Photo courtesy of David Morrill.
Four Harley-Davidsons and one Indian, along with their officer-riders, appears to have been the motorcycle contingent in St. Petersburg, during 1938. This press photo shows the officers out in front of headquarters, along with what appears to be their Captain to the left. Hopefully Bob Croslin, one of our faithful readers and a St. Petersburg historian will be able to tell us more about this scene and its location. The Old Motor photo.