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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Bill on Wheels: 1922

Bill on Wheels: 1922

Washington, D.C. "Billy Denham, 9/5/22." Competitive cyclist both motor- and bi-. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


I Don't Need No Stinkin' Goggles

Real men do it without gloves.
You gotta love the pre OSHA head and ear protection plus the custom made shoestring chin strap.
Below is one of Mr Denham's press clippings from 1915.

1915 Indian

Here is a photo of a 1915 Indian. The engine is identical to Mr Denham's while the front forks are different.

The bike

Is an Indian single-cylinder flat track racer from sometime in the 'teens.

The well-dressed motorcyclist

Always wear a tie. It can serve as a tourniquet or assist in making a splint should you need either.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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