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Motorcycle Mania (1869-1921): Topics in Chronicling America

Search Strategies & Selected Articles

The links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in Chronicling America. You can further explore the topic of "Motorcycle Mania" using the following search strategies:

  • Use the following terms in combination, proximity, or as a phrase:
  • Use the word “Motorcycle” in the “with all of the words” box; limit the search by dates to retrieve information about motorcycles during specific eras.
  • Early use of the word motorcycle may refer to vehicles with 3 and 4 wheels or 2 wheeled vehicles with both motor and human (pedal) power capability; “velocipede” was an early term used to refer to self-propelled, wheeled vehicles; the Excelsior Company called its motorcycle the “autocycle”.
  • “Motorcycle” can be combined with brand names to locate articles about or images of specific motorcycles (Harley-Davidson, Indian, Thor, Pope, etc.) • Names of motorcyclists (eg., Leslie “Red” Parkhurst) or locations of notable races can be used to discover newspaper items about riders and races.

Selected Articles from Chronicling America