Summer at home in Daisy Hill

Saturday, August 10, 2013

OLD FAMILY MOTORBIKES

Going through my mum's old photos I found some which are suitable for this weeks Sepia Saturday theme.
The above photo is the prompt for the theme. The photo is titled "What An Amazing Contraption". It provides us with an opportunity to search out photographs featuring all manner of strange or unidentified contraptions. And if you are fresh out of contraptions there is always cars or people sat in ridiculous positions.
My mum and her cousin off on a jaunt in a contraption in the early 1930's.

My dad tinkering with his motorbike with his father's help in the early 1930's. 





A generation later my brother is tinkering with a motorbike in the early 1950's. My brother, David, is behind the bike, his  friend Mervyn is on the bike.


My mum is having fun on a bike in the early 1930's. She is obviously posing for the photographer and I know she never could drive a car or a bike. (Thinking of you today mum. She passed away on 10 Aug, 99)

A generation later in the early 1960's, I owned a motor scooter, in Papua/ New Guinea. I was on my way to the beach with a towel around my neck.

41 comments:

  1. i like that first contraption, and you found a lot of photos. we don't have any contraptions in our old photos... your mom was beautiful and did not need to know how to ride that bike

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  2. You inherited your mum's beautiful figure, Diane! What a lovely series of generations and their bikes. Grant is always telling me that we should go the way of the first contraption: the side-car! I'm thinking of you on the anniversary of your mum's passing. Jo

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  3. Some lovely pics and memories here Diane .... love the one of your Dad tinkering with his motor-bike.

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  4. You have such wonderful photos of your Mum and Dad. I hardly have any of my parents when they were young. I know how much you must treasure them.

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  5. What a treasure trove of photos you have. I hope your children know who all the people are.

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  6. Nice memories of your family. Especially the anniversary of your Mum's passing. Wonderful photo, Diane!

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  7. Gosh those photos are all so darn cute. Your mom looks like quite an adventurer in that photo, so I was surprised to read she couldn't drive the bike....

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  8. A great collection of memories here Diane. They jogged my memory too as I had a 50cc Honda motor scooter back in the early '60s! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. My pop had a motorbike with a side car when he was young, I of course didn't see it as he was long gone by the time I came along into the family but I have heard stories from mum about it. Now I have to say that these photos are bloody marvelous

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  10. Lovely photos Diane. Your mum looks good on the bike as you do.

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  11. I owned a motorbike in my youth, but never was one for tinkering. Your mother's doing a good job of loking at ease on that motorbike, as good as you on the scooter.

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  12. What a great sequence of motorbikes. It begs the questions ... do your girls ride bikes?

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  13. i am a fan of the bike. you are so fortunate to have so many old family photos. i like the one in ng. reminds me of my first scooter way back when :)

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  14. Joan: No the girls don't have or ever had motorbikes but they have had push bikes.

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  15. A great collection of photographs. The first one reminded me of my uncle Harry who drove a motorbike and side car which my aunt braved to ride in. Unfortunately I have no photographs of them in it, and eventually he graduated to a motor car - first a Reliant on three wheels, which never looked quite safe.

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  16. Your mum was a very adventurous lady.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  17. A fabulous post. To inherit and share all these amazing photos reminds us that our loved ones may not be with us now, but they are never forgotten. As you are thinking of your Mum today, I'll be thinking of my grandson who also passed away on Aug 10, five years ago. He was an adorable, healthy 15 month old. He and his parents were living with us at the time so we got to see him every day, and even though I miss him terribly, I know he lives in a better place and we will be reunited in God's time. P.S. You are as beautiful as your Mum - love the 'matching' bike shots. On another subject, how wonderful you are coming to California. It is so fortunate you are able to travel to see your family. If you ever make it to Utah during your travels, you must let met know!!!

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  18. Oh my these old photos are such a treasure Diane. It's really fantastic to see the things our parents got up to when they were young.

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  19. I have a photo of me posing on a motorbike, just like your mother, lol, would never drive one, that's for sure, but I drove a little scooter that was just enough for me ! How nice that you still have these old pictures !

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  20. I bet you're very happy that you held onto all those old photographs Diane - what a treasure they are and will become even more so as the years pass.

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  21. What an interesting collection you've shared with us. These old photos are wonderful. My mom never learned to drive either.

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  22. A marvelous collection of family photographs, all tied together with motorbike connections. Fine post.

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  23. I really enjoyed your 'Like Mother, Like Daughter' photos Diane.

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  24. Wonderful photographs and in many ways they are all quite familiar to me. I too have many photographs of both my mother and my father on all sorts of motorbikes and idle cars in the 1930s. And jut like your mum, I have several of my mother posing on a bike lthough she could not drive.

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  25. I have always wanted to travel in a sidecar and that looks a particularly lovely sidecar :)

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  26. I'm with Alex -- that sidecar is just beautiful -- lots of varnish, etc. I've always been uneasy on motorbikes, but you and your mother looks totally at ease! Great post!

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  27. I especially like the first contraption.

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  28. What a fun post! I love the old photos!

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  29. Was the family property above the valley. Lovely views in the background.

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  30. So envious of your gorgeous mom for getting to ride in the side car. Looks so glamerous, a movie-star moment. I always want to ride in a side car, especially if I could have looked like your mom.

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  31. It's so great to have pictures of your parents when they were in the bloom of youth. I have many of my Mom & Dad taken before they were married & I love to look at them. They were so beautiful & handsome & in love. I showed my daughters a picture of their granddad when he was in his early twenties & they said "Wow. Who's that?!!"

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  32. Such wonderful photos, Diane! You are fortunate your Mom & Dad recorded their lives this way! I have so few photos of my Dad as a young man.

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  33. Thoroughly enjoyed your photos! Your Mom was a beautiful lady and it does look like you inherited her looks and figure..

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  34. Your post has reminded me of a photo of my wife and daughter on a trail bike, stationary of course.
    Great photos, especially the motorbike and sidecar - which reminded me of some of Alan's photos immediately.

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  35. Hi There, I'm back after a big birthday week. Trying to catch up a little on my blogging.

    Great set of photos, Diane... I love seeing all of the old photos... I love the one of your Mom sitting on that motorcycle posing for the camera.. What a gorgeous lady--just like her daughter.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  36. Hmmm, Diane, I’m not sure mums were ever supposed to look that hot. Great legs.

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  37. Your collection of family photos really is unique Diane, and endlessly fascinating.

    No matter how many photos you have, I'm sure there are many more snapshots of your mum in your head :)

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  38. Your mother did a great imitation of a pin-up girl -- she had beautiful legs!

    That side-car! Oh my. I always imagine them breaking loose and flying off in the opposite direction.

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  39. What an interesting looking side car.

    Your mum is gorgeous. She looks like a model.

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