Monday, April 3, 2017

The Motorcycle Magazine - September 1903

The Motorcycle Magazine, September 1903 issue is available for your viewing
pleasure.  (Link:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzo_1W2xo-aQLWFjMlYtNGtDZVU)

Featuring!
"Across America on a Motor Bicycle"
THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE TWO GREAT RIVERS TO CHICAGO
By George A. Wyman

In addition to Wyman's report, of the 4th leg of his epic and historic ride across America, are several interesting articles about motorcycling in September 1903.
  • "Formation of the Federation", by Wallace Stevens - The organization of The Federation of American Motorcyclists as a political action and rights representative for the American motorcycle rider.
  • "The Effects of 7000 Miles", by W. Neal Walden - The physical and psychological affects of riding.
  • "Hansen and the 1000 Miles Record", A. J. Nicholson - Chronicle of A.A. Hansen's record breaking attempt at the 1,000 miles in 24 hour barrier.
  • "Demonstrations of Practicality", by H. F. Charles - On the many uses of the motorcycle and it's speed over conventional means of transportation.
  • and, many others...
Watch for the October 1903 edition of The Motorcycle Magazine next month.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Motorcycle Magazine - August 1903

The Motorcycle Magazine, September 1903 issue is available for your viewing pleasure.
(Link:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bzo_1W2xo-aQbzE4cTZjVmw0c3c)

Featuring - "Across America on a Motor Bicycle"
OVER THE ROCKIES AND THE GREAT DIVIDE TO THE PRAIRIES
By George A. Wyman

In addition to Wyman's report, of the 3rd leg of his epic and historic ride across America, are several interesting articles about motorcycling in August 1903.

  • "A Legalized 'Holdup' in 'Free' America" The government discovers the value of the "ticket"
  • "The Call to Arms" Government regulation chases the motorcyclist.  The call to organize to lobby for rights of motorcyclists.
  • "Emblematic of Motorcycling", Motorcycle club Iconography is born
  • Is Motorcycling Hereditary? Like father, like son
  • Ad for "The Mitchell"  Billed as what may well be the first "fat boy" motorcycle
  • and, many others...

Watch for the September 1903 edition of The Motorcycle Magazine next month.

Donate today!  Help the George A. Wyman Memorial Project bring these historic publications to a wider group of motorcycle enthusiasts and to the general public.  Become a member of the Project by volunteering to help or through a tax deductible Sponsorship.  Check out our "Friends of George" page and become part of the efforts, "Linking the Past to the Present to Enrich the Future," today! 

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Motorcycle Magazine - July 1903

The Motorcycle Magazine, July 1903 is available for your reading pleasure.
(Click on the highlighted title above or cut/past this link:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzo_1W2xo-aQVkJjMUVpODJlSGs)

Featuring:  Across America on a Motor Bicycle - OVER THE GREAT DESERTS TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS, by George A. Wyman.  Included are several snapshots by Wyman not seen since their original publication in this 1903 issue.

In addition to Wyman's 2nd leg trip report are several interesting articles about motorcycling in July 1903.
  • A Motorcycling Leader - Profile of George M. Hendee, Indian Motorcycles
  • A Woman's View of the Motor Bicycle - Musings of a woman biker, circa 1903
  • Impressions of the Endurance Run - The New York "Rally" Wyman wanted to participated in after his historic ride-in from California.  (See the full Rally report:  The Great Endurance Run - Bicycling World and Motorcycle Review. Could this be the first Motorcycle Rally?)
  • More Enjoyment for Men of Years - A 51 Mile ride to eat.
  • and, many others....
Watch for the August 1903 edition of The Motorcycle Magazine next month.  

Donate today!  Help the George A. Wyman Memorial Project bring these historic publications to a wider group of motorcycle enthusiasts and to the general public.  Become a member of the Project by volunteering to help or through a tax deductible Sponsorship.  Check out our "Friends of George" page and become part of the efforts, "Linking the Past to the Present to Enrich the Future," today! 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Motorcycle Magazine - June 1903

The June, 1903 issue of The Motorcycle Magazine is available online!

( https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzo_1W2xo-aQd3FySTN3NERESEE )

Marti Wyman Schein, Project, Director of Research, has gotten an advance copy of the first year of newly digitized The Motorcycle Magazine.  It is in PDF form, 508 individual PDF pages to be exact.  We have pieced together the June 1903 issue a made it available on our Google Drive in PDF form.

This issue contains Wyman's leg 1 article of Across America on a Motor Bicycle - OVER THE SEIRRAS AND THROUGH THE SNOW SHEDS.  One of the interesting finds of the article is of Wyman stopping at the Colfax RR Depot, CA, May 18, 1903.  The picture of him standing next to his 1902 "California" motorcycle is confirmation of the previously published photograph See:  Colfax Station and Wyman Memorial Plaque Dedication - Colfax Station

It also contains several other interesting articles;

  • Motorcycle pioneer E.R. Thomas of Buffalo, NY
  • A.A. Hanson, first person to publicly declare the goal to ride a motorcycle 1,000 in less than 24 hours
  • Motor Bicycles for Men of Weight (prelude to the "Fat Boy" ?)
  • Plus, period advertisements

The Yale University Library has digitized the entire collection of "The Motorcycle Magazine," Volume 1 and Volume 2.  This represents 48 issues and its entire publication run from 1903 to 1906.  The digitized versions will be eventually posted to the HathiTrust Digital Library for free public access to the entire collection.  We will bring you that information as it fully digitized versions become available.