Posts tagged 1940s

Famous and talented painter Georgia O’Keefe hitching a ride on her land, Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM with Maurice Grosser on his 1938 Harley Davidson Knucklehead. Photographed by Maria Cabot circa 1944.
Fun fact- when I was in Primary School, fifth grade, we did a huge project for an event called, “Night of the Notables” wherein we would dress up as our chosen historical figure. We had to create a large display board of our work and talk about it as if we were the person we were portraying. My choice? Georgia O’Keefe. It was fantastic being able to hang her paintings of flowers and skulls as a child. 
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Famous and talented painter Georgia O’Keefe hitching a ride on her land, Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM with Maurice Grosser on his 1938 Harley Davidson Knucklehead. Photographed by Maria Cabot circa 1944.

Fun fact- when I was in Primary School, fifth grade, we did a huge project for an event called, “Night of the Notables” wherein we would dress up as our chosen historical figure. We had to create a large display board of our work and talk about it as if we were the person we were portraying. My choice? Georgia O’Keefe. It was fantastic being able to hang her paintings of flowers and skulls as a child. 

[ source: TSY - Women Who Rode Away | more history ]

Motorcycle messengers pictured outside the W.M. Garland building in Los Angeles, CA- Chief Messenger Phyllis Domich, Dora “Babe” Duncan, and Janet Spangenberg (ca. 1940s).
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Motorcycle messengers pictured outside the W.M. Garland building in Los Angeles, CA- Chief Messenger Phyllis Domich, Dora “Babe” Duncan, and Janet Spangenberg (ca. 1940s).

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Double motolady action- 1940’s throwback.
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Double motolady action- 1940’s throwback.

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This amazing photo was submit today… I am so in love with it. Look at that bad ass woman! I wouldn’t mess with her. 

El, 27 y/o motolady from Bandung, west-java Indonesia. Rides a Harley Davidson WLC 1948 chopper. (Submission from Daniel)

This amazing photo was submit today… I am so in love with it. Look at that bad ass woman! I wouldn’t mess with her. 

El, 27 y/o motolady from Bandung, west-java Indonesia. Rides a Harley Davidson WLC 1948 chopper. (Submission from Daniel)

Who is that? The princess Elizabeth (yes, now Queen) riding a motorcycle in a 1941 issue of The Motor Cycle magazine. The Queen is a motolady!

Who is that? The princess Elizabeth (yes, now Queen) riding a motorcycle in a 1941 issue of The Motor Cycle magazine. The Queen is a motolady!

This summer, The Harley-Davidson Museum will open an exhibit dedicated to an iconic piece of motorcycle culture: the black leather jacket. 
The “Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket“ exhibit will showcase over 100 artifacts including jackets designed by fashion houses such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Gianni Versace, as well as jackets worn by celebrities such as Elvis Presley.
The picture shows a motorcycle woman with leather jacket, circa year 1949.

This summer, The Harley-Davidson Museum will open an exhibit dedicated to an iconic piece of motorcycle culture: the black leather jacket. 

The “Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket“ exhibit will showcase over 100 artifacts including jackets designed by fashion houses such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Gianni Versace, as well as jackets worn by celebrities such as Elvis Presley.

The picture shows a motorcycle woman with leather jacket, circa year 1949.

A lady motorcycle messenger bringing a letter to a Government office in London. April, 1940. From the Yorkshire film archives.

A lady motorcycle messenger bringing a letter to a Government office in London. April, 1940. From the Yorkshire film archives.

Messenger girls probably sometime in the 1940’s.

Messenger girls probably sometime in the 1940’s.

June Evans on a BSA motorcycle on Mary Street in Coburg Victoria 1945

June Evans on a BSA motorcycle on Mary Street in Coburg Victoria 1945

Hail to the chief!

1946 Indian Chief

Hail to the chief!

1946 Indian Chief

Female dispatch rider getting ready to mount her moto. (United Kingdom, 1941)

Female dispatch rider getting ready to mount her moto. (United Kingdom, 1941)

MotoLady in 1947.

Woman riding motorcycle and wearing decorated leather belt.

MotoLady in 1947.

Woman riding motorcycle and wearing decorated leather belt.

Betty Carstairs riding her motorcycle in Nassau, the Bahamas (1941).

Betty (1900–1993) was a wealthy British power boat racer known for her speed and her eccentric lifestyle.

Betty Carstairs riding her motorcycle in Nassau, the Bahamas (1941).

Betty (1900–1993) was a wealthy British power boat racer known for her speed and her eccentric lifestyle.

1940’s stunt rider Dot Smith poses on her 1939 EL Knucklehead. Dot was a member of the Motor Maids and the San Francisco Motorcycle Club.

1940’s stunt rider Dot Smith poses on her 1939 EL Knucklehead. Dot was a member of the Motor Maids and the San Francisco Motorcycle Club.