By Elliot H. McCleary

TRAFFIC IN TOKYO, the world’s largest city (population: 10 million), is, to put it mildly, dense, wild, fast, and furious.

The very diversity of vehicles, as well as their number, is startling. There are automobiles of varying shapes and sizes— Japanese, French, German, an occasional, looming Chevy or Plymouth.

Coveys of goggled motorcyclists thunder their motors at intersections, roar away in blue smoke when the light changes. There are three-wheeled trucks guided inside by handle bars.

Energetic Charwoman Rides Motorcycle Seeking Business (May, 1934)

Energetic Charwoman Rides Motorcycle Seeking Business

THE advertising charwoman has made her appearance upon the streets of London. Determined to build up her clientele, this energetic worker purchased a cheap second hand motorcycle with a large delivery-type sidecar. She rides about the city, dressed in her scrubbing clothes. In the sidecar, well displayed, are her mops, brushes, brooms and ladder. On the sides of the car, she has a sign proclaiming her as “The Travelling Char” and inviting prospective customers to stop her.

This woman reports that the novel means of advertising has brought her a splendid increase in income.

They’re all riding Scooters (Sep, 1938)

They’re all riding Scooters

“HOW many?” the gas station attendant expectantly asks.

“I’m just starting off on a little trip so you’d better fill it up,” the rider replies. “Let me have seven cents’ worth. And also, fill up the emergency tank.” He takes a pint bottle from his pocket and hands it to the attendant.



Little by little, across America, people are bringing home a delightful accompaniment to the automobile. The Vespa scooter.

What is this two-wheel appeal? It’s a totally unique kind of transportation that combines comfort, convenience and a stylish sense of sophistication.

Constructs Novel Motorcycle (Nov, 1938)

Constructs Novel Motorcycle
POWERED by a four-cylinder motor, a motorcycle constructed by Raymond Courtney, of Lansing, Mich., features a specially designed, streamlined sheet-metal body which is said to increase road speed about 20 m.p.h. Sections of the body are easily removed, facilitating repairs or adjustments. The novel motorcycle is equipped with hydraulic brakes, both front and rear, and the unusually small wheels are fitted with airplane tires, providing the machine with an extremely low center of gravity. The wheel turrets are so constructed that one is used as a gasoline tank while the other three are used to carry small luggage.

Walls at German Auto Show (Jul, 1929)

Walls at German Auto Show

MOTORCYCLES by the hundreds covered the walls of the exhibition buildings at the recent Motor Show in Berlin. As shown in the photo at the left, the cycles were hung seven-deep upon the walls, with a row of machines fitted with side-car equipment occupying a ledge beneath.



To allow easy access to its motor, the body of a motor cycle recently constructed by a French inventor unfolds like a jackknife. A metal frame, which supports the driver’s seat and covers the motor, is attached to the chassis so that it may be tilted straight up in the air, exposing the motor to full view. No extensive adjustments are necessary preparatory to raising the frame, and the tilting may be done in a few seconds, it is claimed.

My dad’s the GREATEST…and so is my new HARLEY-DAVIDSON TOPPER (Apr, 1960)

My dad’s the GREATEST…and so is my new HARLEY-DAVIDSON TOPPER

Like father, like son… happy with the new Topper.

What a ride — gentle as a billowy summer cloud … with dual suspension and large foam rubber saddle. Dependability — plenty of get-up-and-go. Automatic Scoot-away transmission—no shifting or clutching needed.

All-Weather Motorcycles Are Being Modernized (Mar, 1930)

All-Weather Motorcycles Are Being Modernized

Above is shown a “weekend” motorcycle with side car and one track trailer, which was one of the most original vehicles exhibited at the Berlin international automobile show. The trailer is capable of accommodating a tent and poles, collapsible boat and camp equipment.

Streamline Shell PEPS UP Motorcycle (Mar, 1931)

Streamline Shell PEPS UP Motorcycle

JOE SZAKACS, of Lincoln, Nebraska, has equipped his motorcycle with a 22 gauge aluminum shell which, besides improving the appearance of his machine, has increased the speed and reduced the weight by four pounds.

Only two pieces of strap steel, shaped to fit, were needed. Access to the engine is gained through three round snap-shut doors, each using a single hinge and a small arrangement comprising a steel coil spring which is connected to the door inside the shell. This spring rides in a rounded metal groove and prevents binding.