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.



Indian motorcycle decal sticker hand painted. 36 inches in diameter.  picture
Indian motorcycle decal sticker hand painted. 36 inches in diameter.
$5.2


BSA twin Dick Klamforth Triumph Ed Fisher Indian Bill Truman Richmond Mile photo picture
BSA twin Dick Klamforth Triumph Ed Fisher Indian Bill Truman Richmond Mile photo
$9.75


Indian 8 valve 61ci V-twin 1912 boardtrack crash team photo motorcycle racing picture
Indian 8 valve 61ci V-twin 1912 boardtrack crash team photo motorcycle racing
$9.75


Indian 8-valve V-twin factory motorcycle press photograph photo picture
Indian 8-valve V-twin factory motorcycle press photograph photo
$9.75


VINTAGE INDIAN MOTORCYCLES PORCELAIN METAL SIGN 12 X 8 GAS OIL PUMP PLATE BIKES picture
VINTAGE INDIAN MOTORCYCLES PORCELAIN METAL SIGN 12 X 8 GAS OIL PUMP PLATE BIKES
$0.99


Indian Motorcycle Collector Cards Series Limited Edition factory pack picture
Indian Motorcycle Collector Cards Series Limited Edition factory pack
$0.99


Vintage 1950s Indian Motorcycle Post Card Unused Original Massachusets picture
Vintage 1950s Indian Motorcycle Post Card Unused Original Massachusets
$29.99


INDIAN MOTORCYCLES DECORATIVE VINTAGE STYLE TIN SIGN  picture
INDIAN MOTORCYCLES DECORATIVE VINTAGE STYLE TIN SIGN
$19.99


3 MOTORCYCLE Harley Davidson INDIAN 442 Collector Plate Heritage Softail Classic picture
3 MOTORCYCLE Harley Davidson INDIAN 442 Collector Plate Heritage Softail Classic
$19.99


Home of the Indian Motorcycles, Springfield, MA Postcard picture
Home of the Indian Motorcycles, Springfield, MA Postcard
$68.95


1927 Indian Motorcycles Advertising Sales Brochure Colorful Original picture
1927 Indian Motorcycles Advertising Sales Brochure Colorful Original
$24.99


BIG INDIAN MOTORCYCLES DOUBLE SIDED PORCELAIN SIGN NUDE PRINCESS TATTOO picture
BIG INDIAN MOTORCYCLES DOUBLE SIDED PORCELAIN SIGN NUDE PRINCESS TATTOO
$9.99