Harley-Davidson Museum® Exposes Recently Discovered Company Photography In New Exhibit

vintagehd1vintagehd2vintagehd3On Oct. 18, the Harley-Davidson Museum opened “Exposed! Harley-Davidson’s Lost Photographs, 1915-1916.” This new exhibit features 59 Harley-Davidson company photographs from a collection of more than 400 glass plate negatives. The fragile, five-inch by seven-inch glass plate negatives were discovered last year in storage at the Milwaukee County Historical Society. They were used to produce remarkably high-quality prints of employee portraits, staged images for marketing materials, photos of the 1916 Harley-Davidson racing team and more.

The Exposed! exhibit provides a glimpse back in time and illustrates the growth and progression of Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s early years as it expanded its reach through advertising, racing and connecting with its riders. In addition, several of these photographs are believed to represent some of the earliest techniques of capturing moving imagery.

This first-time exhibition of these rare photographs will run through Jan. 1, 2014, on the bridge between the Museum and Archives buildings. The Museum is also making the images available for purchase on Harley-Davidson Images where they can be reproduced on a variety of media.

9 Responses to “Harley-Davidson Museum® Exposes Recently Discovered Company Photography In New Exhibit”

  1. 1 Rodent Sep 27th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Neat old photos!

  2. 2 Mcfreeak Sep 27th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I think that board track photo is the old Miami track.

  3. 3 Zipper Sep 27th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    A lot of wood!!! ..Z

  4. 4 Snooz button Sep 27th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Cyril see if they will make the board track picture into a poster. PLEASE

  5. 5 olgraybeard Sep 28th, 2013 at 7:25 am
  6. 6 Mike Tomas, Kiwi Indian Sep 28th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    What is not shown are the Indians leading that had just passed by the cameraman.

  7. 7 Snooz button Sep 28th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks olgraybeard. Getting ready to order one now.

  8. 8 Bago Sep 30th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Kind of funny how Harley has been once again copying Indian with their attention to the good old days of competition between the two brands. Harley dealerships, print adds, Facebook postings, etc. are turning into awareness of the how the sport of motorcycling all started. Go to your local Harley dealer and look at the walls, ceiling, t-shirts, yada yada. All kinds of change happening to bring back the historic glory years.

    If either one of the two companies came out with a very reliable nice riding knock off bike from the early dirt/board track days and it was priced in the 5-10K range like a entry level rice burner, it would be a huge hit. Lets face it, this would be a new style of entry level bike LOTS of people could afford and a blast to ride on back road short mileage trips of say 50-150 miles.

  9. 9 Blackmax Oct 2nd, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    What a find !!!
    Outstanding to get into the history of the industry/sport

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