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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JAMAICA: THE GEM OF THE TROPICS

Indian 101 Scout

Indian 101 Scout

This is a circa 1928–1931 Indian 101 Scout, owned in the 1930s by the late Claude M. Gray (1909 – 2009) of Birmingham, Alabama. You can see his initials on the fuel tank.

Gray was an electrical engineer (Georgia Tech ’32) and helped design and build the Birmingham Police Department’s first base station-to-car radio communication system. This may explain the handlebar-mounted police lights and siren. Photo courtesy of the Gray family.

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I have a friend who positively adores Indian motorcycles and has owned one for many years. He says their styling (note the front fender of this particular model) makes him imagine that it would be the preferred motorcycle of Gumby.

 
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Shorpy.com | 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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