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Collection of New York Motorcycle Club announcements: seven postal cards from the club's secretary and two postcards from its most famous member, Glenn Curtis
New York City and Hammondsport, 1907. Unbound. Very good. The seven multi-color illustrated 1-cent McKinley postal cards (Scott #UX18) are announcements of New York Motorcycle Club lectures, runs, rides, and hillclimbs; these were sent by the club secretary and were postmarked in New York City. Two postcards featuring Glenn Curtis (one on a motorcycle and one flying an airship); were franked with 1-cent green Franklin stamps (Scott #300) and postmarked from Curtis's hometown, Hammondsport, New York. The New York Motorcycle Club, one of if not the first motorcycle clubs in the United States, was organized sometime prior to 1903 when it merged with the Alpha Motorcycle Club of Brooklyn to form the Federation of American Motorcyclists, the first predecessor of today's American Motorcycle Association. At the time these cards were sent, Dwight Patterson was the club Vice-President. Glenn Curtis was an early member of the club and won the first American hillclimb, which the club sponsored. Both of the cards featuring were sent from Curtis's hometown of Hammondsport. One is a real photo postcard (RPPC) showing Curtis flying a dirigible; it is captioned "Curtis Descending, 6/18-07 Hammondsport, N.Y." and postmarked two weeks later. The other is of Curtis sitting upon his famous V-8 motorcycle with which he set a world speed record for any vehicle in 1907; it is also postmarked from Hammondsport in 1907 and contains a short manuscript note, likely written by Curtis, that reads, "8 cylinder club meets at Hammondsport come and bring your 8 cyl." The seven multi-color event postal cards were likely printed using a Cyclostyle copier, an early mimeograph-like machine that could print in different colors. The events promoted include: a lecture on blowouts by a Goodyear Tire representative, the Second Club Run, a Blind Run, the Decoration Day Hillclimb, five Short Ride Abouts for June, a hillclimb planning meeting, and dinner ride to Brewster. A terrific grouping of early ephemera from one of the first motorcycle clubs in the United States and its most famous member. As of 2018, nothing similar for sale in the trade; no similar institutional holdings listed at OCLC, and no auction records of similar albums identified by ABPC nor the Rare Book Hub.
      [Bookseller: Read 'Em Again Books, ABAA]
Last Found On: 2018-01-09           Check availability:      IOBABooks    

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