Archive for ‘50’s’

September 22, 2017

K West – 23 Heddon Street

Lady Stardust-

People stared at the makeup on his face 

Laughed at his long black hair, his animal grace 

The boy in the bright blue jeans 

Jumped up on the stage 

And lady stardust sang his songs 

Of darkness and disgrace

And he was alright, the band was altogether 

Yes he was alright, the song went on forever 

And he was awful nice 

Really quite out of sight

And he sang all night long 

Femme fatales emerged from shadows 

To watch this creature fair 

Boys stood upon their chairs 

To make their point of view 

I smiled sadly for a love 

I could not obey 

Lady stardust sang his songs 

Of darkness and dismay

David Bowie – Tge Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars (1972)

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September 1, 2017

Chess

Chequered Ruby – Blue leathers, denim, silk scarf, and shades. The pre-unit Triumph certainly looks the part. 

Labor Day weekend coming up. Woo-hoo!

Photo by Douki Patrick

August 31, 2017

Cycle Specialist 

Moto Maestro – another window find in Michigan. Old flyer for the Hobart workshop. 

August 26, 2017

Flagged

Banner – like some horse mounted knight of yore these Triumph riders carry the pennant of moto coat-of-arms.

August 24, 2017

Named

Badge – makers mark or manufactures marque. 

Recognition and Trademark are what give these motorcycle companies a dedicated following. Signage of the machine.

August 18, 2017

The Sun is shining in the Sky

Grape – all smiles for this ’58 Twenty One owner/rider. The blue sky mirrors the sky blue bodywork. Bathtub rear skirt, valanced front fender, and nacelle headlight. In this condition they are as rare as hens teeth. Little 350cc engine still had heart.

August 17, 2017

Red is the Tank

Cherry Pie – a year ago today we were enjoying Michigans best cherry pies in Beulah up near the  Lelanau Peninsula. Well, this fine example of a pre-unit Triumph sure is a tasty treat wrapped in pastry, a la mode. 

August 12, 2017

You’re nicked!

The White Saint – in the fifties and sixties the British police utilized a TR6 Triumph for speedy road duty. Standard road bike with wider ratio gearbox, single seat, radio, leg protectors and the ubiquitous blues and twos.

August 5, 2017

Prince of Darkness

“Get home before dark” Lucas motto

August 4, 2017

Fat bottomed girls they’ll be riding today

I want to ride my bicycle- This 1903 Triumph safety bike has such an elegant shape. With a sinuous open frame to allow women to pedal in their skirts. These old human powered machines just look so perfect in their functional purpose. The advert to the left is a mid-Century model promoting the bike as a form of exercise; though the dropped cross bar seems a tad dated.

August 3, 2017

‘shop scene

Morrie’s Place – the busy workshop at Ed Zenders place is a hive of activity. With all four workstands taken up with motorcycles under repair, a workbench full of engines, parts, tools; and more bikes awaiting attention, there’s a healthy dose of work in this great vintage ‘shop. Overhead the old signs herald days past when more local garages kept owners rides roadworthy.

July 17, 2017

ME109 successor 

Bubble Trouble – this bright red three-wheeler beamed at me by the side of the road today. I had to screech to a stop, park nearby and get some snaps. It’s a Messerschmitt car KR200 or Kabinenroller. Not being allowed to manufacture aircraft after WW2 these were Designed by Fritz Fend with Willy Messerschmitt only putting his name on them. 40,000 were made between 1954 and 1965. The streamlined appearance with fuselage inspired body gives it a futuristic look even today. Flying cars anyone?

July 9, 2017

Car Heaven

D-Type   On our outings around and about Philadelphia we stopped in at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. A seemingly endless line-up of sportsters from the last Century. There was one gap in the display.. a certain 1956 Jaguar. Asking where it was I was informed it was in the workshop. Luckily they turned the lights on an there it was sat up on the lift. Beautiful even from behind. The collection covers race cars that were used in historical events such as: Le Mans, Nürburgring, Sebring, Bonneville, Watkins Glen, Brooklands, Mille Miglia and Targa Florio. Fred Simeone’s ’55 Mercedes Benz SL300 Gullwing sits in the ‘shop, as does a Porsche 356 that was donated to the collection. 

July 7, 2017

Weeding

Common or Garden variety – we’re rained-in Longwood Garden Conservatory waiting for a fountain light show. So I’ll get on with a blog post. A gouache illustration with aged Triumph Thunderbird amongst verdant greenery. A moss covered dry stone wall and gloomy rain-fattened sky denote a very English scene. 

July 6, 2017

Mac Men

Mad Man – the original Don Draper is an illustrator by the name of Macaulay ‘Mac’ Conner. We stopped in at the Delaware Museum of Art where a superb exhibition of his work is on show. 50’s glam advertising with clean bold lines and fashionable people… that was when people smoked like chimneys and drank like fish… but they were ever so beautiful!