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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cool Girls on Motorcycles, Vintage Photo Contest

This is a photo of my Great-uncle Frank's former girlfriend taken in the early 1930s on my Great grandfather's ranch in Sun Valley, CA. I "borrowed" this photo from my Grandpa about 5 years ago so I could take it to my hair stylist for inspiration for a new haircut. I don't know anything about this woman other than she dated a family member and she liked to ride motorcycles, my Grandpa was only about 7 around this time so he doesn't remember much about her. Still I love this picture and everything the girl on the bike embodies.
I’m used to walk in the small markets of antique dealers and I found this pictures.
I paid attention to it as I liked the woman personality, riding the bike in an unusual or not so femenin way for the times it was done, but at the same time because she appears kind of “daring” style.

Comments on "Cool Girls on Motorcycles, Vintage Photo Contest"


Blogger Ro said ... (7:03 PM) : 

strong women!
i wish i looked this powerfull on my bike...


Blogger Nina Hale said ... (7:06 PM) : 

Dang! I need to start wearing a dress on my bike.


Anonymous Elaine said ... (7:12 PM) : 

Would enjoy reading the stories behind these photos - who the women were, when and where the photos were taken...


Blogger Jac said ... (7:13 PM) : 

Yay! I'm so happy my photo was posted and gets to join the ranks of all the other awesome photos already up. I have really enjoyed looking at everyone's vintage photos and reading their stories. Great contest!


Blogger the Citizen Rosebud said ... (7:22 PM) : 

what great pics!


Blogger Copious Couture said ... (7:25 PM) : 

I love these pictures... they are gorgeous! Very powerful woman!



Blogger FASHION SNAG said ... (7:26 PM) : 

Wow, I love a woman on a bike! Wish we knew more about these women. xo


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:55 PM) : 

she is not even riding the bike! the kickstand is up! hahaha.


Blogger Francesca Robertson said ... (8:05 PM) : 

i love that second picture, its fabulous.

F <-- Texas gal bloggin fashion from NYC!


Blogger therecusant said ... (8:10 PM) : 

Except the kickstand is down. Not so daring. Nor so powerful. Cut nonetheless.


Anonymous enrique said ... (8:10 PM) : 

A woman's allure increases when they do things that are out of the ordinary. In the context of the time when these photos were taken, these women were complete rebels. Thank you for sharing.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:05 PM) : 

oh i love your pictures, your little anecdotes that accompany the beautiful shots. please please do a links exchange, i only wish i had a good eye like you (:


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:48 PM) : 



Blogger May Brady said ... (10:26 PM) : 

Ah, yeah!

Absolutely loving the vintage photos, keep 'em coming...


Blogger gene doe said ... (10:45 PM) : 

found photos can be the most telling


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:49 PM) : 

Darn it, I had a photo of my mother on a bike but did not send it in.


Blogger Jocy said ... (11:45 PM) : 

WOW! The fact that we don't know anything about these women only increases the allure.


Blogger KohCo said ... (11:56 PM) : 

Oh amazing photos of such great women
Such force

Absolutely breathtaking


Anonymous Electra Glide In Blue said ... (12:12 AM) : 

I wish that photo was a little clearer, then I could ID that old motorcycle, just can't quite make it out..:-(


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:33 AM) : 

I wish you'd credit the owners of these photos. I would like to know more about who's sending them.


Blogger Vinda Sonata said ... (1:06 AM) : 

beautiful pictures! vintage pics are the best! i find it's xtraordinary too to see those gorgeous women on bikes!

fashion atelier.


Anonymous Nahal said ... (1:38 AM) : 

I love this one so much!!
Great photo


Blogger Oh my Dior! said ... (1:48 AM) : 

why women in the past have such a great personality?


Blogger thimbles and gingham said ... (2:51 AM) : 

lovely. i love old photographs.


Blogger WHERE IS THE COOL? said ... (3:25 AM) : 

Wonderful pictures. When feminity contrast with masculinity.. Like a girl with a man's Rolex.


Anonymous proletarian Great Gatsby said ... (4:03 AM) : 

Why people of past times (20th century but bevor we were born)seem to me more modern actual and present than my contemporarys?
A motorcycle is a beautiful and sensual sculpture..."Je n'ai besoin de personne en Harley Davidson..."(Serge Gainsbourg)


Blogger Lisa Petrarca said ... (4:46 AM) : 

Very cool, daring women...definitely not adhering to the typical mold of their time. INSPIRING.


Blogger Unknown said ... (6:12 AM) : 

Both of these photos look like the women are sitting on their boyfriend's motorbikes posing for a photo.
Nothing wrong with that of course and they both look pretty cool. But if nothing is known of these women I wouldn't assume they were the owners of the bikes or that they could ride them.


Anonymous Yang-May Ooi said ... (6:56 AM) : 

Brilliant photos! Those were the days when you could ride around on such powerful machines without a helmet or other protective gear, looking chic and sassy...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:43 AM) : 

I was inspired by all these photos and put the vintage one on my website
This is my Dad - the dancing guy looks like Jim Morrison. He is dancing with his partner during their modern0ballet rehearsal in 70's in Cracow (Poland).


Blogger Snappylifestyle said ... (9:02 AM) : 

Love the bikes in the photos. Great images.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:38 AM) : 

Amazing! Great ladies and awesome rides!



Blogger Philippe said ... (9:42 AM) : 

This contest is such a great idea thx Scott..



Blogger Fashion Trix said ... (10:14 AM) : 

Vintage Photos Are So Inspiring


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:06 AM) : 

Just the prospect that in those days women could be so feminine yet daring is so intriguing...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:06 PM) : 

So what if the kickstand is down? So what if the bikes are their boyfriends'? The womens' spirit, attitude, and style come through pictures loud and clear. What they embody is not dependent on wether they're actually riding at that moment or not, and I think it's an honest embodiment of who they are : interesting and beautiful women I'm priviliged to glimpse at through this blog and for which I'm grateful to the Sartorialist and his readers.


Blogger Unknown said ... (12:44 PM) : 

These are great photos....however, as I am a woman who loves fashion and has a vintage motorcycle myself, I must point out that neither of these woman are actually riding the motorcycles (note the kickstand in the second photo). These girls are pretty and cute sitting on the bikes, but there are strong, stylish, sexy women out there that actually ride bikes. Lets see some pics of them!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:27 PM) : 

The bike in the first picture is uber rad. Anyone know what it is? Thanks


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:36 PM) : 

The woman in the first picture looks a lot like Brandise from Project Runway and Models of the Runway! I absolutely love all these old photos, great idea Scott!


Anonymous Xiomara said ... (10:36 PM) : 

Love old pictures and how people used to overdressed back in time...


Blogger Kyiomi said ... (5:45 AM) : 

J'adore. Love this much, so fierce & stylish at the same time. Avant la lettre :-)


Blogger Maria said ... (2:05 PM) : 

the hair IS fabulous. i've done the same with hairdressers..bringing in old photos from 20's flappers to get the same look and feel.


Anonymous Pattaya Girls said ... (8:08 AM) : 

it amazes me that after all these years bikes are still considered cool and rebelious, perhaps it's the imminent threat of death while riding.


Blogger Izzen said ... (6:13 AM) : 

So empowering!


Anonymous rhianon said ... (8:55 AM) : 

great shots! just because a lady's posed on a bike doesn't mean she doesn't also ride. check out these ladies who've got rad style and the proverbial balls to match:

Elspeth Beard - rode around the world

Lilian Lefrance - Wall of Death rider


Blogger Toni B said ... (9:48 AM) : 

Not sure 100%, but I guess second pic was made in Barcelona, because of the plate...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:05 PM) : 

very nice pictures. SunValley , CA my home.


Anonymous enterrement de vie de célibataire said ... (4:50 PM) : 

I don't specially like bike riding but those women was strong.



Blogger Lauren said ... (12:16 PM) : 

The second looks a bit like Natalie Portman...


Blogger A. Jones said ... (5:37 PM) : 

vintage pictures are always cool !


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:27 PM) : 

I'd like to submit one of these photos to my boss for a greeting card for our company, The Borealis Press. Let me know your thoughts,


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