Old/Antique/Vintage 1909-'40 Postman/Mailman and Flying Merkel Motorcycle Photo For Sale


Old/Antique/Vintage 1909-'40 Postman/Mailman and Flying Merkel Motorcycle Photo

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Old/Antique/Vintage 1909-'40 Postman/Mailman and Flying Merkel Motorcycle Photo:
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Old/Antique/Vintage 1909-'40 Postman/Mailman and Flying Merkel Motorcycle Photo Old/Antique/Vintage 1909-'40 Postman/Mailman and Flying Merkel Motorcycle Photo

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Old/Antique/Vintage 1909-'40 Postman/Mailman and Flying Merkel Motorcycle Photo

You should buy this photo because it would make a great addition to any US Post Office memorabilia collection

You should buy this photo because it would be a fantastic photo to purchase if you collect antique/classic motorcycle memorabilia.

You should buy this photo because it would be a nice photo to have if you are a US Postal Worker.

You should buy this photo because it would make a nice gift for anyone mentioned above.

You should also buy this photo because it would look good in any motorcycle repair shop, motorcycle parts and sales store, restaurant, retail store, bar, or professional practice where clients, customers, or patients could see it.

It would also be the perfect picture to buy because it would look good in any home, man cave, as a garage decoration, or home office

Item Details:

  • You will receive a 5"x7" black and white photo reprint
  • This photo will be shipped first class USPS, and a tracking number provided
  • This photo is circa 1909-1940 (most likely the earlier date range rather than the latter becuse the Flying Merkel production ceased in 1915) of a mailman and his Flying Merkel motorcycle
  • The Flying Merkel was a motorcycle of the American company Merkel in Milwaukee, which relocated later to Middletown, Ohio
  • The motorcycle was produced from 1911 to 1915
  • The founder of the company, Joe Merkel, began designing engines for motorcycles in 1902, and built his own motorcycles beginning in 1903, including a one-cylinder engine with a capacity of 316 cc, which was also used in the contemporary Indian
  • In 1908 he set up a company under the name of Light Manufacturing and Foundry Company in Pottstown, Pennsylvania
  • His motorcycles displayed the trademark "Merkel Light" on the tank
  • In 1910 he offered the first two-cylinder engine
  • In 1911 the company was taken over by Miami Cycle and Manufacturing Company of Middletown, Ohio
  • Subsequently the trademark was changed to "Flying Merkel", and a bright and shiny orange paint was used, which was later described as "Merkel orange"
  • The Flying Merkel had a conservative engine-control system featuring an automatic inlet valve and a pre-set outlet valve
  • The V-shaped engine initially displaced 884 cc and delivered 6 hp through a two-speed gearbox and a belt, and had a maximum speed of 97 km/h (60 mph)
  • A motorsports version without brake was available with a 997 cc motor including roller bearings, Bosch magneto ignition, Schebler carburetor and chain drive
  • The roadworthy version had a band brake on the rear wheel and was sold for $325 USD
  • An innovation was the motorcycle fork, patented by Joe Merkel as a "truss fork" and which could be seen as a predecessor of the telescopic fork
  • The Flying Merkel had an automatically dripping oil feeder, which was subsequently copied by Indian and Harley-Davidson
  • In 1913 a new model appeared: the engine had now an automatically controlled inlet valve and a spring-loaded kickstarter
  • Production ceased in 1915
  • The Flying Merkel achieved its iconic status through the shape of its tank and the colorful body paint

Quality of Photo:

  • Not printed on some cheap ink jet printer that will have horrible image quality like some other sellers
  • All black and white photos will be printed with ink on paper that can last up to 200 years
  • All color photos will be printed with ink on paper that will last up to over 100 years

Shipping:

  • I will combine shipping if you purchase more than one photo.  Buy them and I will send you a revised invoice
  • I will mail within 24 hours of payment
  • Your photos will be be packed with the utmost care to ensure they arrive to you in the best condition possible

Customer Service:

I am not in this for a "fast buck."  I genuinely love history and I love the photographs I sell, every single one of them. 

I realized a long time ago, I'm not just selling "photos."

I'm selling joy, happiness, sadness, misery, nostalgia, admiration, appreciation, interest, love, hate, and every other human emotion that are depicted in these photos or the emotions they invoke in you and/or the people who look at them. 

Most photos depict more than one or will invoke more than one of the above emotions in you and the viewers of your photo.

You want to be treated courteously and respectfully.  You want your item in the best possible condition in the fastest time possible.  You want a responsive seller when you have needs who can take care of you before and after a sale (someone who doesn't just "disappear" on you after you already gave them your money)

As a seller, I give my oath to you, that I will do my best to fulfill all of the above. 

It may sound cliche, and cheesy but I genuinely appreciate you and everyone who spends their hard earned money with me. 

It does not matter whether you spend $1 or $1 million dollars with me, you will be treated and cared for to the fullest extent of my ability. 

This is my promise to you.

Because I will do all I can to help you, please let me know if there is anything wrong, before you leave negative response.

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