Personal Memorabilia Collection of Mr. R.L. Clark

Offered here is the personal memorabilia collection of Mr. R.L. Clark. He was a very prominent motorcycle dealer who for years sold Indian motorcycles in competition with Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee.

I purchased this collection some years ago to prevent it from being broken up and sold piece by piece. I felt it was a valuable historical collection deserving of preservation as a whole. It was in great disarray when I acquired it and subsequently I have organized and mounted it all in a vintage scrapbook. The pages are new archival paper and the interleaving is archival quality also. This has been custom assembled to follow somewhat of a chronological order. The overall size of the scrapbook is 11″ x 15″ which will give you a sense of individual picture sizes. There are 48 pages. The photo’s are all original and either postcard or snapshot images and high quality original photo enlargements. Newspaper clippings have been attached to the pages using acid free, removable glue spot dots.

The first photo in the book is dated 11-28-1912 and shows the parents of R.L.Clark. They are “Alice Ida (Kusche) Clark and Evret Alphonso Clark on Reading Standard motorcycle and sidecar of son Rhuben who had ridden up on it from Milwaukee where he had the agency (no cement roads then). Taken in east lawn of farm home-clothes line posts prominent at right. Neighbors woods across 24 st rd in background”.

The motorcycles displayed in the photo’s include: Reading Standard, Indian, Harley-Davidson, Evans, and Pierce. Indian bicycles are also shown in a variety of images. Many of the photo’s are dated, with 1910 seeming to be the earliest. There is an original letter from the vice president of the Hendee Manufacturing Company dated March 3, 1921 thanking Mr. Clark for his outstanding Indian Day celebration in the heart of their competitions territory.

This collection will only be sold in its entirety. Do not ask for individual pictures unless you want to have them as a reproduction that I will make for you with price to be determined.

The following images show the total content of the scrapbook. Your questions are welcomed and individual higher resolution scans will be sent on request to seriously interested buyers.

Enjoy this piece of motorcycle history.



vintage indian motorcycle Large Patch picture
vintage indian motorcycle Large Patch
$16.5


Rubber Side Down Bro Metal Plaque Motorcycle Old Man Man Cave Harley Indian NEW picture
Rubber Side Down Bro Metal Plaque Motorcycle Old Man Man Cave Harley Indian NEW
$34.75


Indian Scout Motorcycle Model 101 Ad Harley Garage Wall Decor Metal Tin Sign New picture
Indian Scout Motorcycle Model 101 Ad Harley Garage Wall Decor Metal Tin Sign New
$15.99


BM-12053 Indian Motorcycle Chief Logo Tank 11 in Silver Pair Sticker Decal picture
BM-12053 Indian Motorcycle Chief Logo Tank 11 in Silver Pair Sticker Decal
$19.5


BM-12054 Indian Motorcycle Chief Logo Tank Script 6in Silver Pair Sticker Decal picture
BM-12054 Indian Motorcycle Chief Logo Tank Script 6in Silver Pair Sticker Decal
$11.5


Two Indian Motorcycles Dirt Roads of Michigan Vintage Indian Bikes 1915 LOOK picture
Two Indian Motorcycles Dirt Roads of Michigan Vintage Indian Bikes 1915 LOOK
$8.99


Indian Classic Vintage Old School Motorcycle Vest Pewter Biker Pin 1290 picture
Indian Classic Vintage Old School Motorcycle Vest Pewter Biker Pin 1290
$7.95


INDIAN Motorcycle 1921 HENRY HAMMOND Rider Racer RARE Vintage Photo Image 632 picture
INDIAN Motorcycle 1921 HENRY HAMMOND Rider Racer RARE Vintage Photo Image 632
$2.49


Indian Motorcycle Collector Cards Series 2 Factory Set 28 Cards picture
Indian Motorcycle Collector Cards Series 2 Factory Set 28 Cards
$12.5


Native American Indian Chief Brave BELT BUCKLE War Bonnet - INCLUDES SHIPPING picture
Native American Indian Chief Brave BELT BUCKLE War Bonnet - INCLUDES SHIPPING
$24.95


Jim Davis INDIAN MOTORCYCLE 1924 Board Track 8X10 PHOTO Biker Vintage 1368B picture
Jim Davis INDIAN MOTORCYCLE 1924 Board Track 8X10 PHOTO Biker Vintage 1368B
$4.97


1916 PEORIA IL STATE FAIRGROUNDS MOTORCYCLE RACING POSTER INDIAN MERKEL HARLEY picture
1916 PEORIA IL STATE FAIRGROUNDS MOTORCYCLE RACING POSTER INDIAN MERKEL HARLEY
$12.99