October 20, 2014
montrealmotopro:

Bessie Stringfield-Founder of the Iron Horse Motorcycle Club
At 16 years of age, Bessie Stringfied was an African American woman who became instrumental in transforming gender and racial biases aboard her first bike, a 1928 Indian Scout. At 19, she tossed a penny over a map to see where it landed, which consequently led to her riding through the lower 48 states. During the 1930s and 1940s, Stringfield took eight cross-country, long-distance solo motorcycle rides, which took her through the Deep South during a time of extreme racial prejudice. During the Second World War, she became the first female civilian motorcycle dispatch rider, using her own blue Harley carrying documents between U.S. Army military bases. Stringfield went on to becoming founder of the Iron Horse Motorcycle club and winning a flat track race disguised as a man although she was denied the prize when she removed her helmet.

montrealmotopro:

Bessie Stringfield-Founder of the Iron Horse Motorcycle Club

At 16 years of age, Bessie Stringfied was an African American woman who became instrumental in transforming gender and racial biases aboard her first bike, a 1928 Indian Scout. At 19, she tossed a penny over a map to see where it landed, which consequently led to her riding through the lower 48 states. During the 1930s and 1940s, Stringfield took eight cross-country, long-distance solo motorcycle rides, which took her through the Deep South during a time of extreme racial prejudice. During the Second World War, she became the first female civilian motorcycle dispatch rider, using her own blue Harley carrying documents between U.S. Army military bases. Stringfield went on to becoming founder of the Iron Horse Motorcycle club and winning a flat track race disguised as a man although she was denied the prize when she removed her helmet.

October 20, 2014

Bessie Stringfield (1911–1993), nicknamed “The Motorcycle Queen of Miami”, was the first African-American woman to ride across the United States solo, and during World War II she served as one of the few motorcycle despatch riders for the United States military. Wikipedia

Bessie Stringfield (1911–1993), nicknamed “The Motorcycle Queen of Miami”, was the first African-American woman to ride across the United States solo, and during World War II she served as one of the few motorcycle despatch riders for the United States military. Wikipedia

(Source: motorcyclemuseum.org, via womenwhoride)

October 20, 2014
womenwhoride:

Bessie Stringfield INDUCTED: 2002 In the 1940s, “The Motorcycle Queen of Miami” broke down barriers for women and African American motorcyclists. Completed eight solo cross-country tours and served as a U.S. Army motorcycle dispatch rider.
via AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

womenwhoride:

Bessie Stringfield
INDUCTED: 2002 
In the 1940s, “The Motorcycle Queen of Miami” broke down barriers for women and African American motorcyclists. Completed eight solo cross-country tours and served as a U.S. Army motorcycle dispatch rider.

via AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

October 20, 2014
womenwhoride:

Bessie Stringfield (1911-1993), born in Kingston, Jamaica, was the first African American woman to travel by motorcycle through the U.S. solo round the country 8 times, rolled for 60 years, I use 27 Harley-Davidson was the messenger of the army during World War II. He was nicknamed “The Queen motorcycle Miami” (The Queen of motorcycle Miami) – via 100 Auto Guide

womenwhoride:

Bessie Stringfield (1911-1993), born in Kingston, Jamaica, was the first African American woman to travel by motorcycle through the U.S. solo round the country 8 times, rolled for 60 years, I use 27 Harley-Davidson was the messenger of the army during World War II. He was nicknamed “The Queen motorcycle Miami” (The Queen of motorcycle Miami) – via 100 Auto Guide

October 20, 2014

(Source: oneinchlunch, via theholygirl)

October 20, 2014
womenwhoride:

Photo Pretty Girl & Triumph Motorcycle w/ Wilson’s Grove Clam Bakes Sign - via ebay

womenwhoride:

Photo Pretty Girl & Triumph Motorcycle w/ Wilson’s Grove Clam Bakes Sign - via ebay

October 19, 2014
womenwhoride:

Child Girl with Hair Ribbon on ZÜNDAPP Motorcycle c1950 – Found photo via ebay

womenwhoride:

Child Girl with Hair Ribbon on ZÜNDAPP Motorcycle c1950 – Found photo via ebay

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Filed under: 1950s 
October 19, 2014
womenwhoride:

Two girls in uniform on a motorcycle, June 1939 – found photo via ebay

womenwhoride:

Two girls in uniform on a motorcycle, June 1939 – found photo via ebay

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October 19, 2014
missanne:

Ziegfeld Beauty Evelyn Laye aka ‘Boo Laye’ 
Alfred Cheney Johnston

missanne:

Ziegfeld Beauty Evelyn Laye aka ‘Boo Laye’

Alfred Cheney Johnston

October 18, 2014
missanne:

Myrna Darby

missanne:

Myrna Darby

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