Posts tagged 1950s

Francisco “Baby” Pignatari riding a giant cruiser motorcycle circa 1958 (Harley? I’m not familiar enough with these to quote the make and model). Baby was a successful Brazilian Industrialist who married Princess Ira von Fürstenberg (actress, designer) in Reno, Nevada in 1961.
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Francisco “Baby” Pignatari riding a giant cruiser motorcycle circa 1958 (Harley? I’m not familiar enough with these to quote the make and model). Baby was a successful Brazilian Industrialist who married Princess Ira von Fürstenberg (actress, designer) in Reno, Nevada in 1961.

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A collection of 1953 motorcycle messengers (many women included). 

A photo of 1953 messengers at Hockley Post Office. Note that they had five B.S.A. 250cc C10 models with JLE registrations ranging from 181-188, maybe not all of their fleet of bikes is on show here. A later 1958 photo shows BSA Bantams which replaced all of these C10 250cc bikes well before 1958.See a photo of Grays G.P.O.in 1954, with myself, Colin, Norman & Charlie with a much smaller fleet of B.S.A. motorcycles than Hockley. They must have had a vast area to deliver their telegrams to, with this number of bikes showing here.

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A collection of 1953 motorcycle messengers (many women included). 

A photo of 1953 messengers at Hockley Post Office. Note that they had five B.S.A. 250cc C10 models with JLE registrations ranging from 181-188, maybe not all of their fleet of bikes is on show here. A later 1958 photo shows BSA Bantams which replaced all of these C10 250cc bikes well before 1958.See a photo of Grays G.P.O.in 1954, with myself, Colin, Norman & Charlie with a much smaller fleet of B.S.A. motorcycles than Hockley. They must have had a vast area to deliver their telegrams to, with this number of bikes showing here.

[ source: mickGPO flickr | more motorcycle history ]

A little flash back from a motolady in Australia.

"My husband’s 1951 BSA B31 350cc which I learned to ride on briefly during 1956…….no licence then. Didn’t start again until 7 years ago and got my licences then. That is me on it! I now ride a 1200cc Custom HD in Aussie — a Bulls, New Zealand" (Monique W. Petersen)

A little flash back from a motolady in Australia.

"My husband’s 1951 BSA B31 350cc which I learned to ride on briefly during 1956…….no licence then. Didn’t start again until 7 years ago and got my licences then. That is me on it! I now ride a 1200cc Custom HD in Aussie — a Bulls, New Zealand" (Monique W. Petersen)

Retro style on a 1958 Triumph 3TA! It’s sooo pristine! Dayuuuum.
(From instagram)

Retro style on a 1958 Triumph 3TA! It’s sooo pristine! Dayuuuum.

(From instagram)

Some serious retro style here, MotoLady on Harley and sexy vintage car in the background. Could someone give me more background on the model of the car and bike?

Some serious retro style here, MotoLady on Harley and sexy vintage car in the background. Could someone give me more background on the model of the car and bike?

Submission from Richard-

Here is another picture from the Bonneville Salt Flats
Barbara is a multiple vintage record holder. She is waiting for her turn at the start line with her crew and a 1954 R68 BMW.

Submission from Richard-

Here is another picture from the Bonneville Salt Flats

Barbara is a multiple vintage record holder. She is waiting for her turn at the start line with her crew and a 1954 R68 BMW.

Beautiful 1950’s MV Agusta Single.

Beautiful 1950’s MV Agusta Single.

Oh heavens. Olive green, black… I’m in love.

1952 Triumph Thunderbird

Oh heavens. Olive green, black… I’m in love.

1952 Triumph Thunderbird


I don’t remember where I found this but I know you love the old photos.

(Submission from Mike Davis)

I don’t remember where I found this but I know you love the old photos.

(Submission from Mike Davis)

Jalika (pictured) sewed the seat cover by hand. Speed week on the Bonneville Salt flats. The moto is a 650cc 1952 Pre-Unit Triumph Thunderbird built by Alp (blog). 

Jalika (pictured) sewed the seat cover by hand. Speed week on the Bonneville Salt flats. The moto is a 650cc 1952 Pre-Unit Triumph Thunderbird built by Alp (blog). 

1954 Gilera 150 Sport

1954 Gilera 150 Sport

Milo’s 50’s WR, another custom from Japan in dirt mode

Milo’s 50’s WR, another custom from Japan in dirt mode

Winifred Wells, 1950
Side note: 1118 was the number of the house I grew up in.

Winifred Wells, 1950

Side note: 1118 was the number of the house I grew up in.

Hill Climb 1957

Hill Climb 1957

Snowed in: Photo from June 1953

Snowed in: Photo from June 1953