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Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:51 am quote
My mother in 1955:

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Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:40 am quote
Wow that is fantastic beautiful mom and great Vespa
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Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:14 pm quote
Nice picture! You don't happen to have that scooter in the family still, do you?
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Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:16 pm quote
That is really cool pic of your mom!!!
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Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:29 pm quote
No one can top that!
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Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:38 pm quote
Wonderful picture, it would have been perfect for an old thread we had here a while ago.
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Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:54 pm quote
Thatís fantastic. I hope you still have that scooter and your mother too for that matter!
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Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:51 pm quote
Thanks to everyone and thanks from my mother to whom I read your comments.
The scooter is gone but my mother is 84 years old and drives a Fiat Panda (like Mr. Magoo ... ouch!).
However we have always been a family in which there was a two-wheeled vehicle, my deceased grandfather had a 1935 Guzzi 500, my father also but many years ago a remnant of the Matchless 350 war, my mother the Vespa 125, my brother a Vespa PX 125 and one of my sisters with a modern Triumph Bonneville.
One of my brothers-in-law has a Triumph Trident ... as you can see there is something genetically motorcycle in my family.
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Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:39 pm quote
A lovely photo Attila, you have a great mum!
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Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:42 am quote
Wonderful picture of your mom and Vespa, I enjoy seeing vintage photoís.


My dad rode bikes when he was younger but not Vespaís.
Here he is with a flathead Harley a 34, I think. Those are not worn front tires itís the hot set-up of the time, shaved.

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Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:59 am quote
Here ... this is also a beautiful photo, it sends us back to times when the two-wheeled vehicle was everything.
PS: i see that it has a Springer-type front fork ... or am i wrong?
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Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:37 am quote
My mother in 1956, in Jacksonville Beach.

The child in the crib is me.

Neither of my parents had motorcycles or scooters.

But they liked to go to the beach.

Bill

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Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:58 am quote
rajron wrote:
Wonderful picture of your mom and Vespa, I enjoy seeing vintage photoís.


My dad rode bikes when he was younger but not Vespaís.
Here he is with a flathead Harley a 34, I think. Those are not worn front tires itís the hot set-up of the time, shaved.

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That's a great photo! I love it!
The bike is a Harley-Davidson 45 Solo (WL). That tank emblem was used from 1937-1939. The engine in that bike was the longest running production engine Harley ever built. It was made from 1937-1973! A guy in my neighborhood has a restored 1946 model that I see on occasion.

-Craig
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Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:08 pm quote
Stormrider, Caschnd1;

I donít know much about the bike Ė it was my Dadís when he was a young one. I know the picture was taken before WWII at his motherís house.
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Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:17 pm quote
The tank emblem definitely puts it as a pre-WWII era bike. The model designation "45 Solo" refers to the engine size. It's a 45 cubic inch side valve (flathead) design. Cool vintage machine. And what a great photo of your dad!

-Craig
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Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:25 pm quote
Attila wrote:
Here ... this is also a beautiful photo, it sends us back to times when the two-wheeled vehicle was everything.
PS: i see that it has a Springer-type front fork ... or am i wrong?
Attila, you are correct. This is a springer fork. That particular type of springer fork with the I-beam rear legs is very popular these days for building old bobbers. They were used on the VL and WL models from that era.

-Craig
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Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:26 pm quote
Attila what a photo! Thanks for sharing. Both are beautiful. Wish my mom or dad had a vespa. They hated 2 wheels unfortunately. Or fortunately as I am just the opposite!
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Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:20 pm quote
Here's one of my brother John on his Vespa, taken in London about 1958. When he returned to South Africa he influenced me to get a Vespa.

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My first GS150, a 1957 model bought second hand from a Johannesburg Vespa club member in 1959. Photo taken at a national Vespa rally at Durban.

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My second GS150, bought in 1961. Photo taken during a Fish Hoek Mardi Gras, near Cape Town.

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Fri Jul 17, 2020 3:45 am quote
Keep these coming! It's really kind of you to share these family photos, I appreciate it and enjoy looking at them. They cheer me up.
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Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:54 am quote
It is not possible I could love this thread more. No one in my family has two wheelers. And they don't know I have one either because the hell I'll catch for it is NOT WORTH IT. But my mom's brother definitely had motorcycles in Colombia. Thanks for the window into your very private lives. These are great!
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Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:48 am quote
Great Old Photos
Attila,

Thanks for sharing the wonderful photo of your mom. Now I know why
you are such a handsome looking Italiano.

Wleuthold,

Bill, forget your ride photos, this is the best picture yet of you. Your
also attractive mother is looking with pride at her boy.

Bob Copeland

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Here is Lleuthold with his son on a ride in Wisconsin.

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Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:45 pm quote
lammy
my cousins wife on his lambretta in italy

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Sat Jul 18, 2020 12:13 am quote
Re: Old photos
Attila wrote:
My mother in 1955:
Attila et al, you could get the photo printed onto material, and have it made into face masks. I think your mum would like that.
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Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:18 am quote
Attila, your mother is a beautiful woman, she looks so natural with her Vespa. Thank you for sharing her picture with us.
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Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:17 am quote
Also i'm finding out how many with italian ancestors there are on the forum ... Many!
It's wonderful that the passion for two wheels brings us all together, I would like teleportation to be a reality ... I would always be around the world for everyone of you.
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Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:36 am quote
Karlsbadd wrote:
It is not possible I could love this thread more. No one in my family has two wheelers. And they don't know I have one either because the hell I'll catch for it is NOT WORTH IT. But my mom's brother definitely had motorcycles in Colombia. Thanks for the window into your very private lives. These are great!
I sure understand the family thing.

My dad grew up on a farm, and lost his father when he was 15, so he quickly became the man of the family that included his mother and two sisters. It was the early 1930's, he worked hard, and he kept the farm going and managed to graduate from high school, no mean feat, then or today. Back in the day, he bought an early 20's Harley basket case cycle as his Winter project. He rolled out a good sized piece of oil cloth on the floor and put the bike back together in the living room. My mother would have had a cow. His mom thought it was a "pretty good idea!" Later when he had a lathe, he used it to bore out Harleys and he used a certain automobile piston that fit right in there, and raised the compression along with some other tricks. Every kid in the neighborhood with an old Harley had a bike with Dad's fingerprints all over it.

Then Dad got married and the neighbor kids quit coming around and all evidence of motorcycles went away. When my brother and I were growing up, even saying the word "motorcycle" set her off.
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Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:00 pm quote


My mother at the age of four, 1942 in Kolberg (Pomerania, now assigned to Poland).
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Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:59 am quote
Melnir wrote:


My mother at the age of four, 1942 in Kolberg (Pomerania, now assigned to Poland).
It is always a two-wheeled vehicle and due to its shape it can be considered an ancestor of the scooter.
PS: in the maritime museum of Mariehamn (Finland) there is a historical ship called Pomerania.
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