picture you see here is from La Conea around 1951 or 1952, taken at the
finish line. We can learn a lot about clothing in the early 50ís by
looking at this picture. Check out the white brim on the one hat and the
black brim on the other. Now look at the pants, one with a stripe and
the other does not. Work your way down to the boots and you will see
engineer boots, field boots, as well as lace up boots. As you notice the
shirts, the Penn.Valley Landsdale Motorcycle Club is decorated on the
back of the one biker.
men shown in the photograph are Dick Marshall (in center of picture
above), owner of Norristown
Harley-Davidson, Bill McGuff, with the hat and George Jeffers in the ski
sweater. Marshallís Harley-Davidson was located 30 miles northwest of
Philadelphia. Pa. in a one room, 30 x 50í shop on 112 East Marshall
our cover photographs:
photograph you see on our website home page is taken from a large
collection we have. The man on the bike is Sparky from Easton, Pa.
Sparky had the Harley dealership at 2695 Freemansburg Avenue in Easton,
Pa. for many years. This is from a time when bikers truly rode their
machines. The group photo you see on our company web page is also from
Easton, Pa. near Allentown. This photo is of Herman Indian located in
Easton, Pa. We are still trying to determine the exact street in Easton
where this picture was taken. We believe that Hermís Indian became Hermís Leather
out the terrific hats, kidney belts and goggles. This is great stuff and
to think that these photos were saved from the trash.
thanks to Dick Marshall for providing the photo of La Conea in 1951.
Dick is very passionate about his heritage and his fatherís old
you Troy Shuman of Easton Honda for your help with Sparky. Without your
help the pieces of the puzzle would not have come together.
further reading on this subject matter see: Harley-Davidson Book of
Fashions1910 thru 1950ís by Rin Tanaka
. Also written by
this author are:
Century of Leather Designs.