Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Motorcycle Magazine - June 1903

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

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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.