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Jean Davidson's Harley-Davidson Family Album Hardcover – April 12, 2003

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In this, the 100th anniversary year of the founding of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle company, the granddaughter of one of the four founders shares the history, legends, and many personal photos of the marque that simply defines motorcycle for most people. Page after eye-catching and attention-arresting page takes readers down memory lane as the author discusses such topics as Harley-Davidson's first venture into motorcycle racing, the family life of the men who were the founders, women workers at H-D factories, and H-D during wartimes. As fun as the book is for motorcycle enthusiasts, it also is important in terms of filling a niche in the overall history of the American vehicle business. Brad Hooper
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About the Author

Jean Davidson is the author of Voyageur Press's "Growing Up Harley-Davidson." She first rode on one of her family's famous motorcycles at age three. She is the granddaughter of Harley-Davidson founder and President Walter Davidson and the daughter of Harley-Davidson Vice President of Manufacturing Gordon McLay Davidson. She is a former Harley-Davidson dealer.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks (April 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896586294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896586291
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,367,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Jean Davidson's Harley-Davidson Family Album is a great gift for anyone who wants to know more about Harley-Davidsons. While most books about these wonderful motorcycles focus on the bikes and their impact on the culture, the Family Album describes the effect of the motorcycle on the founders and their families . . . and vice versa. It's a dimension of Harley-Davidson that I knew nothing about . . . and found to be fascinating.
Jean Davidson is the granddaughter of Walter Davidson, the first president of the company, and her father was Gordon Davidson, a company vice president. She is a former dealer. She teams up with Sara Ann Harley-O'Hearn to add comments about both families. About half of the photographs were new to me, and the captions were priceless.
The book opens with family trees of Davidsons and Harleys who are in the book so you can keep track of who's who.
Then the book turns to how the families emigrated from Europe to Wisconsin in the late 1800s. Within five pages of photographs, you begin to see motorcycle images. The first classic is of Arthur Davidson with a friend holding up the fish they caught while sitting on a motorcycle and in a sidecar. The original idea behind the motorcycle was to help make it easier to go fishing. Go figure!
The text is also interesting . . . including an explanation of why the company is called Harley-Davidson rather than Davidson-Harley.
The family connections are interesting. The model called "Silent Grey Fellow" in 1914 employed the nickname for William Sylvester Harley. There's also a nice page on the first motorcycle and what happened to it through 1912.
It wasn't all easy. In 1904 a household maid raided the company's cash jar, and left the company broke.
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This is a wonderful scrapbook of the history of the Harley
Davidson Company on its 100th birthday. It is written by the
grand daughter of Walter Davidson.There are a series of action
pictures depicting the family in the early 1900s including
a 1918 outing. The book explains the dynamics of testing
each motorcycle directly from the assembly line. This rendition
would make a perfect gift for a motorcycle enthusiast.
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But mine was very connected to motorcycles. I want to thank the authors of this book for having shared their very personal family information and pictures. This book and especially these families have had a profound effect on our ever shrinking planet and it's peoples. If you read for fun you will find great pleasure in this book and "THE SECOND COMING OF AGE" by: Vedrine; a must for every Harley Davidson enthusiast.
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Written by Jean Davidson. She is the granddaughter of Walter Davidson, who was one of the founders and first president of Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company. Her father was Gordon Davidson, who was vice-president of manufacturing. This book contains stories photos of the people she grew up with and knew of that were members of the Harley-Davidson families. Very personal story and some family unique photographs.
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I had been waiting to find a copy of this in England without any luck. I found this one on an internet search and decided to buy it. It is in excellent condition and signed by Jean Davidson. Full of brilliant pictures and the text looks very interesting - it is a gift for my partner - and I am sure he will love it on his birthday. I am delighted with it - it is in excellent condition, signed and arrived much quicker than expected!!
I AM HAPPY TO HIGHLY RECOMMEND BOTH THE BOOK AND THE SERVICE PROVIDED BY THIS SELLER!! A BRILLIANT FIRST BUY FROM AMAZON.COM - THANKYOU!
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I'm sure that I could rate this book with others in the top ratings, but I can't get past the thought of printed in China. I don't know if others feel the same as I do, but is everything based on lowest cost these days? I am just a little disappointed in a book about the history of such a popular American made product and the sole reason why some, if not most, purchase Harley-Davidson products. In my opinion, the author under-sold the American dream by selecting another country to be the printer of this historical read.
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Based on other books and research that I've done recently I feel that Jean Davidson represented Harley-Davidson's history fairly and accurately. I appreciate the fact that the founders recognized women's buying power early in the company's history and even if they only hired single women at that point at least they hired women. I think a lot of today's larger companies could learn a lot from the founders of HD in regards to respecting their employees enough to get to know them personally and value their worth. "Thank you Jean for sharing for memories and photos!"
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Excellent read.
Great photos and commentary.
Highly recommended.
Any Harley rider must have.
Any American should read it.
A great buy too!
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