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Posted 7 years ago

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I'd always been into old stuff,and since no one ever knocked on my door offering me antiques,I spread the word.No was was immune to me mentioning that I loved vintage...anything.When I overheard a co-worker talk about her father's estate,and how they didn't know what to throw and what to keep,I told them I'd be thrilled to lend a hand (and eye)

Her father (Russell) owned a bike,cycle and repair shop.I met her there,and made a handful of trips there as we whittled things down.He'd lived through the great depression and held onto things.And things.If it could be used or re-purposed,he saved it.I was amazed at the parts,manuals and paper in the cabinets.It was a lot of fun to read the old magazines (and prices!) of yesteryear.

A few weeks after our meeting,she mentioned her parent's had motorcycle jackets.When I finally SAW what she was talking about,I was amazed.Here were two chain stiched,long sleeve shirts,both Harley jackets and the decorated hat with numerous AMA pins.Complete with a studded DORIS and a white rawhide cord so the wind wouldn't blow it away.Other than being dried out a bit,they were in terrific shape.

It wasn't a matter of if I could afford them,it was a matter of how.I've kept the "package" intact,and have to smile whenever I look at them.To think of the rides these have been on.How tightly Russell's jacket may have been squeezed on a river ride,or thrown down on a bar floor.These were their "Sunday best" and I bet they'd never imagined they'd exist 60 years later.

Ride hard,live free-Russell & Doris,heres to ye!


  1. VikingFan82 VikingFan82, 7 years ago
    Very cool! Especially with the MN connection!
  2. Mike Wolfe, 7 years ago
    Hello would LOVE to buy the lot please email me if your interested... Thank you

    Your Picker

  3. oldbeer oldbeer, 7 years ago
    Woo hoo-two hand decorated cards sent to the shop failed to elicit a response,but exposing some Harley goods draws him out! I saw the jacket YOU had behind the counter on the last episode,and thats what prompted my post.Find me some old beer stuff,Mike!
  4. straightleg straightleg, 7 years ago
    Kinda got me choked up for a minute.I wish I had some old beer stuff to trade!
  5. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 7 years ago
    She might have worn a Harley Jacket but she rode an INDIAN !!!
  6. Mylittlecornerdesign.com, 7 years ago
    I love the picture. She looks so cool. I wonder what she looks like now? What a great find!
  7. Railhead1966, 7 years ago
    Hey, Dude ...how about some beer tap marker inserts for the lot.....not good having them in a closet!!!
  8. oldbeer oldbeer, 6 years ago
    Railhead-I'd make that trade.

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