Monday, October 3, 2011

An American Legend

Harley-Davidson was started before World War I and grew to be emblematic of the American motorcycle. The 1953 film "The Wild One" with Marlon Brandon solidified the coolness of Harleys. Brando's character was based on the leader of the actual 13 Rebels motorcycle club, Shell Thuet. The last photo shows Ardin Van Sycle, another 13 Rebels member (thanks The Selvedge Yard blog). The painting on wood pictured here, from the collection of a South Carolina Harley buff, might date to the 1950s, as well, judging from the extensive crackalure. Anybody know the model?

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