Americana Spring 2002
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Presented is an incredible collection of three pieces of correspondence, all signed by different founding family members of the Harley-Davidson Motor Co. The word "Motor" in the company's name (which appears on the official letterhead used in each of these three cases) really means "Motorcycles" to several generations of American enthusiasts. As the only enduring domestic manufacturer of the two-wheeled machines, the company has built a wealth of folklore as well as durable bikes. Harleys "won the war" for America, referring to their use in World Wars I and II, and the bikes are the most universally-coveted peacetime possessions, as well. These three paper items deliver the essence of the company's early days in the form of rarely-encountered, and highly displayable, collectable signatures. Included are letters signed by: William H. Davidson, President of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, who succeeded to that position upon the death of his uncle, co-founder, and president, Walter Davidson. The scarce 3/4-page typewritten letter on imprinted company letterhead is signed, "William H. Davidson", and dated November 30, 1934. The letter's great topical content refers to an order of radios for the Orlando, FL, Police Department; William S. Harley was a Harley-Davidson co-founder, as well as lifelong Chief Engineer and Designer. This full-page typewritten letter, again featuring company-related content and H-D letterhead, is dated June 10, 1937, and signed, "Wm. S. Harley"; Gordon Davidson held the position of Vice President of Manufacturing in the company that bore the name of his father, President Walter Davidson. The offered full-page letter of April 10, 1936, addresses gearing options for a motorcycle transmission, and is signed, "Gordon Davidson". All three of these spectacularly-rare signatures are placed at the "9-10" condition level. This is a dramatic and important trio of signatures from Harley-Davidson's corporate beginning. LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA.
1930's Harley-Davidson Founding Families Letters (3)
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