Good initiative of the Harley-Davidson Museum in partnership with the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) to present a feature exhibit of the history of helmet as function and piece of art. No, it’s not about the controversy of choosing or not to wear a helmet but an exploration of its evolution. Until November 8th at the Harley-Davidson Museum “The history Of Helmets” comes alive through artifacts from the Harley-Davidson Museum Archives.
On October 28 at 7 pm there will be an insightful panel discussion and participants will probably learn that the first motorcycle helmet was reported to have been invented by Gottlieb Daimler in 1885, and at this time not built with speed in mind.
But as people developed their need for speed, motorcycles were made to go faster. Between 1931 and 1953, the American race for the fastest motorcycle was run by two competitors – Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles. As the speed of motorcycles increased, so did the number of accident fatalities. In 1953 Southern California (USC) Professor C.F. “Red” Lombard developed and applied for a patent for a motorcycle helmet designed to absorb the shock of an impact and spread out is energy. Mandatory motorcycle helmet laws or not, manufacturer’s followed Lombard’s lead to improve comfort and safety. At the Harley-Davidson Museum.