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    Decals in vintage pics

    I'M RESEARCHING THE DECALS THAT I POSTED AND DECIDED TO START A POST JUST FOR THEM. I'LL LIST WHAT INFO I CAN FIND AND ALL PICS. SOME OF THIS IS HARD TO FIND, BUILDINGS LONG GONE, CONFLICTING INFO .... DATES ... LOCATIONS. BUT IT IS VERY INTERESTING LOOKING UP THESE OLD SHOPS AND OWNERS. THEY WHERE THE TRUE LIVE TO RIDE PEOPLE IN THIS FIELD THAT WE ENJOY. FEEL FREE TO CORRECT ANYTHING OR ADD TO.



    L.R. "Hap" Alzina spent 56 years devoting himself to motorcycling. Involved in motorcycling from its infancy, Alzina is best known for being the western states distributor for Indian and, later, BSA. He oversaw the sales of those brands during the height of their popularity. Alzina -- who earned the nickname "Hap" from his good-natured attitude -- also sponsored many of the top AMA professional racers.
    MORE INFO HERE
    http://archivemoto.com/thearchive/20...8-indian-arrow

    http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/hall...aspx?RacerID=9










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    Re: Decals in vintage pics

    Oh,... very cool...!
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    It all started back in the early 1930's with a man named Soapy Sudmyer. Soapy opened Stockton's first Harley-Davidson Dealership on Main St. in downtown Stockton and named it Soapy Sudmyer Harley-Davidson. He did well for about ten years and then sold the dealership to Leonard Andres who also owned the San Diego Harley-Davidson dealership. You might have heard of Leonard and his son Brad. They were both very famous hill climb and dirt track racers. Leonard moved the dealership to the Wilson Way location and changed the name to Andres Harley-Davidson in the mid 1940's.
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    In 1949, while vacationing in sunny California, Slim passed away at the Sawtelle Veterans Hospital from cancer. The shop back east was ultimately given to Brownie for a sum of $200.00 which were court, lawyer and filing fees. The name changed from Nelson’s Indian Sales and Service to Brownies Indian Sales in 1950. Eventually urban renewal took it’s toll and the shop moved to Watervliet, NY, where it still maintained the police force, but sales were plummeting as Indian was in constant turmoil back in Springfield, MA. One day while Brownie was at the factory, a secretary told him that Indian was in deep trouble and to buy all he could because she didn’t know how much longer they were going to last. His response was, “How could they be in trouble? They are one of the largest manufacturers in the world.” To his regret in later years, he didn’t listen and ultimately the secretary had muttered the truth. When Indian stopped producing the bikes themselves, Brownie was forced to sell British bikes with the Indian name, as well as others like Vincent, Matchless and Triumph to keep his business alive.
    http://virtualindian.org/2biobrownie.htm




    THE LOCATION IS NO LONGER THERE ,THE STREET ENDS AND A OFFICE PARK IS NOW IN IT'S PLACE





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    "Herm's Speed King". This 1935 Hot-Rod Indian Chief was owned and raced by Herm Levine of Easton, PA. Herm owned the Indian dealership in Easton and later opened "Herm's Leathertogs" in Daytona, FL. One of Herm's jackets can be seen sitting on the seat of the bike alongside his racing jersey.

    COULD NOT FIND A PIC OF HERM'S BACK THEN, BUT SINCE I HAVE BEEN THERE YEARS AGO ,THIS IS THE BUILDING.


    HERM IS STANDING IN THE BACK LAST ON THE RIGHT





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    Those are COOL! Thanks for posting them! Here's a pic of a decal I have. Bob had the shop in Harvard, IL. His brother Bill had the one in Janesville, WI. Bill passed a number of years ago. Bob is still alive and well, just turning 89 last month. He's a dear friend. He has some wonderful stories to tell and has been SO helpful to me over the years working on various projects.

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    DENVER, COLO. - MARCH 8. 2005 - Harry and Janet Tagaris, Harry's Motors, their shop on Santa Fe Dr. in Denver . They are closing the business, which Harry's father started in 1928. 'After 78 years in the motorcycle business, the Tagaris family is stepping on the brakes. Harry's Motors Inc., Denver's oldest continuously operating motorcycle shop and possibly one of the oldest bike shops in the nation is closing its doors later this spring. Harry J. Tagaris, 70. Tagaris runs the shop, at 965 Santa Fe Drive, with his wife, Janet, 68. His son Greg runs the adjacent repair shop, which will remain open.'

    http://www.sturgishof.com/h8harry.html






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    Awesome stuff!!
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    Harry and Signe Molenaar. They owned and operated Molenaar Motorcycles from 1933 to 1991 as a Harley Davidson Dealership and 1992 to 1998 as a motorcycle shop and parts supplier. Located in Hammond, Indiana, it was one of the oldest continuing running Harley dealers in the country. Harry raced motorcycles from the early 1920's to the 1960's. Harry and Signe also built and operated the Illiana speedway from 1945 to 1999. This famous track (formerly named Schereville Speedway) was home to many American Automobile and Motorcycle Racing Legends. This track along with their Harley dealership, was their passion - motorcycles and racing! Harry and Signe also donated their time and sponsored and hosted many local and national charity functions. For his devotion to these endeavors Harry was awarded, in 1999, the State of Indiana's highest honor "Sagamore of Wabasha."

    kalracing.com/autoracing/Illiana_The_Early_Years.htm













    INFO SAYS THIS WAS ONE OF HARRY'S RACERS


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