30 August 2006


The U.S. Post Office has issued a commemorative stamp which recognizes the role of motorcycles in American culture with four stamps that feature digital illustrations of a 1918 Cleveland, a 1940 Indian Four, a 1965 Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide, and (my personal favourite) a circa 1970 chopper.

In 1901, a 10' x 15' shed in the Davidson family’s Milwaukee backyard served as the birthplace to an American icon. Arthur Davidson, 20, and William Harley, 21, began experiments on "taking the work out of bicycling." Soon after, the duo were joined by Arthur's two brothers Walter and William. Many changes were made to the engine design before its builders were satisfied. After the new looped frame was finalized, they were ready to begin production. 1903 production: 3 motorcycles. The Harley Davidson Motorcycle Company was born!

In 2003 the Library of Congress celebrated the 100th birthday of the Harley.

Harley Davidson has established itself as a paragon of American ingenuity and craftsmanship.

Here is a picture of our Little Martha Pearl. A 1980 XLH Shovelhead Sportster 1000cc.

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