VINTAGE INDIAN HARLEY THOR MERKEL PANORAMIC PHOTO 1913 PARK REGION MC CLUB MN For Sale


VINTAGE INDIAN HARLEY THOR  MERKEL PANORAMIC PHOTO 1913 PARK REGION MC CLUB MN

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VINTAGE INDIAN HARLEY THOR MERKEL PANORAMIC PHOTO 1913 PARK REGION MC CLUB MN:
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PARK REGION M.C. CLUB FERG & FALLS MINN. 1913 PHOTOGRAPH
Great photograph for any memorabilia or motorcycle collector. Taken in 1913 in Falls Minnesota a camera on a swivel with an exceptionally long piece of film was used. Everyone in the club lines up and the camera operator slowly rotates the camera from one side to the other capturing all the Gal's and Guy's on their motorcycles or in their sidecars. There is somewhere in the range of 125 motorcycles. Every timeI try to get an accurate count I come up with a different number.
There were no Panoramic I-Phone pictures back then. This was a long and tedious prepositionto take on for any averagephotographer. This gigantic piece of history measures. 50 inches x 11 inches by 1 inch in depth. There is quite of bit of glare from the camera shown in the photo. This picture is much better than in person than the pictures show it to be, and it's currently a 108 year old image.
A truly great find already framed beautifully by me many , many years ago. I can ship it in a long box or try to roll it up into a tube. The front is Plexiglasso the weight will be minimal. It's the size that will get you. I believe if you want it rolled it will cost you more to have it re-framed than to just send it framed so the shipping price is quoted as if it were being shipped framed.
A really great piece from a Covid Free, Smoke Free home in So. FloridaGood LuckIndian Al

On Apr-30-21 at 08:50:23 PDT, seller added the following information:

Should be Fergus Falls Minnesota. I believe.

On May-03-21 at 18:58:43 PDT, seller added the following information:

I've gotten more than a few e-mails about this picture so I'm going to explain its origins. I've been a collector of Indian Motocycles, Tools, Parts, Literature, Toys and everything else that has to do with vintage Indians. I attend most AMCA Shows from coast and have been for more than 40 years I also attend a couple of Flywheel shows each year because I enjoy the hell out of those old flywheel engines.About 40 years ago I was at a Flywheel show or an Antique Motocycle show, It's tough to remember in the Midwest.I ran into the grandson of the man that owned the camera and took these pictures. This person had a ton of parts on his table and I spotted these Two reels rolled up at the end of a table. I opened them up and it was the Tractor and the Motorcycle pictures. He had one of each and he told me about his grandfather taking the pictures.
He also mentioned what I thought was a real funny story that his grandpa told him. Sometimes if the camera started on the left side and was rotating right to capture the panoramic shot, just after it started moving the person on the far left side could start his cycle and take off, ride behind the photographer and park it on the right side in the lineup before the camera was rotated the full 180 degrees. Look closely and sometimes you can see the same person on the same vehicle on both sides of the picture.
He had sold all the parts and cameras and seemed to have no love for this lost art. He only had the two prints which I purchased. I can only assume that if he was re-printing his grand dads prints from original negatives he would have brought out dozens and not just the 2. I asked if he had any more for sale and was told that these were the last ones that he had.
He enjoyed telling me the story but was uninterested in this type of photography. I was pissing my pants and he was happy to get rid of this last Two reminders of his grandfathers business. Taking up too much space in the old house I suppose.
That's about all I can tell you. I'm a member of the A.M.C.A. National and the Sunshine Chapter and over the years I've been to hundreds of antique bike meets from coast to coast and I've never seen another one anything like this one. Last panorama I saw was at the New Smyrna Beach show and it was cars and a few airplanes on New Smyrna beach from way back when. That was 5 or 7 years ago. Tough to remember.
Go with your gut. I would have paid pretty much whatever reasonable price this guy was asking because I had to have it. I've enjoyed it for many decades. I'm sure that I paid more than the current offer and that was unframed and back in the 80's
I hope that this explains the origins of and how I wound up buying this great picture.
Thank you again for lookingIndian Al


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