1936 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY DETAILING ONE YOUNG MAN'S DEVOTION TO ALL THINGS HARLEY-DAVIDSON HANDWRITTEN BY 'THE MOTORCYCLE MAN'

By: J. CARSON LITTLE aka THE MOTORCYCLE MAN

Price: $2,485.99

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Book Condition: Good+


On offer is a super, fascinating manuscript relic of early Harley-Davidson motorcycle history being a 1936 original diary handwritten by the 22 year old J. Carson Little as evidenced by his personal address label "J. Carson Little "The Motorcycle Man" 3124 Campbell Av. Lynchburg, VA 24501." There's another address inside that shows him living at Thomasville North Carolina. He was known as "The Motorcycle Man" because of his renown as a Harley Davidson dealer which he did for over 47 years. Only 22 years old at the writing the entire diary reflects whole life being centered around Harley-Davidson motorcycles. One online site dedicated to him provides: "J. Carson Little was the Harley dealer in Lynchburg, Virginia for many, many years….his incredible collection of Harley literature he had saved throughout the years. His two car garage has a fully finished upstairs room that was a Harley Museum. We learn that Mr Little used to hand out flyers regarding a noted trip to the Rose Bowl. "Hello. The following is a brief description of why I am in your town... "In 1938, Carson and a buddy rode Carson's brand new 1938 Harley from Thomasville, North Carolina to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and home again. He sold the bike in 1948, but started looking for it in 1958. It had passed through 13 owners, but on the 20th anniversary of his 1938 trip, he found it again. Carson and his son rode back to the Rose Bowl in 1963, the 25th anniversary of his original trip. Of course, he rode the same motorcycle as he had done in 1938. He then decided to keep going back every five years "just to keep in practice". 1968 - 30th anniversary. 1973 - 35th. 1978 - 40th. 1983 - 45th, and once more in 1988 for the 50th Anniversary. Same man - same motorcycle - same trip J. Carson Little, "The Motorcycle Man""[Dave Hennessey]. The diary is full. Here are some snippets: 1936 "I fixed up my 1925 Harley Davidson. Took a ride, snow on the ground…..C. L. Tiddler of the State Highway Patrol was killed in front of Rajon Mill about 4:45 P.M…..Rain about all day. Mendenhall bought an Indian 29 MP Scout….Carl brought Indian home. Paul bought a "T". Went to show. Checked lights. S. H. P….Went to Greensboro. Seen ruins of hurricane…..Big day. Rode a 1936 model Harley Davidson GI. First ride. 85 MP……On trade for new Harley. Probably trade tomorrow….Beautiful brand new Harley Davidson 1936, Model 74 Twin. Put 70 miles on it……In Richmond. Seen Joe P. Saw first professional motor cycle race….. Got 1934 model Harley Davidson from Fred Koray…..Leaving for Kimesville Lake on Gypsy Tour tomorrow…..Went on Gypsy Tour to lake. Went swimming. Hestar won TT race and plank riding…..Swim hole busted. Went to show. Plenty of rain. Roads getting muddy. First day I failed to take a ride on Harley. Paul got wood works for 28 Chev…….Saw new 1937 Harley Davidson. 74, 37 V. L. 1595…..Went to show. Carl cleaned off safety bars and handle bars, going to paint…..Went to the show. Cranked up new Harley Davidson, 1937 UL 1559…..Saw old year go out. Stayed at Clubhouse till 2 o'clock. Carl and Ed feeling good. Went to show……" Historians of Harley-Davidson or the motorcycle industry will be thrilled with this unique historical treasure. The 3½" x 4½" book cover is in rough shape but the interior is good. Overall G+.

Title: 1936 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY DETAILING ONE YOUNG MAN'S DEVOTION TO ALL THINGS HARLEY-DAVIDSON HANDWRITTEN BY 'THE MOTORCYCLE MAN'

Author Name: J. CARSON LITTLE aka THE MOTORCYCLE MAN

Categories: Books and Manuscripts General Overview, 20th Century Diary, 20th Century Manuscript,

Publisher: LYNCHBURG VIRGINIA VA THOMASVILLE NORTH CAROLINA, 1936

Book Condition: Good+

Type: Manuscript

Size: 48mo - over 3" - 4" tall

Seller ID: 0001992

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