Lot 21: Harley-Davidson: William H. Davidson typed and signed letter
6th December 2017
Son of Harley-Davidson cofounder William A. Davidson (1905–1993) who himself later assumed the presidency of the famed motorcycle manufacturer. TLS signed “Wm. H. Davidson,” one page, 8.25 x 10.75, Harley-Davidson Motor Co. letterhead, August 13, 1935. Letter to a Harley-Davidson dealer in Orlando, in part: "This will acknowledge your letter of July 18 concerning the names of your new city officials. These men have been properly recorded in our police mailing list…In your letter you stated that the 'Indian People' would like to have Orlando try out one of their late machines. Does this mean that the local Indian dealer is behind this, or does it mean that the Indian factory is trying to close negotiations? Further, does this mean that they would like the city to buy one in order to try it out, or does it mean that they are attempting to loan one to the city free of charge?" In fine condition, with slightly trimmed edges. Founded in 1903, Harley-Davidson began selling their motorcycles to police departments around 1907, developing a market that remains important to the company to this day. Indian Motorcycles was Harley's chief competitor of the era, both companies having survived the Great Depression.
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