My mom turned up this photo of her mother during my recent visit. I’d never seen it before. Wow, it’s hard to imagine my grandmother in the early 1900s on a motorcycle.
Take a look at that bike! I love what my grandmother is wearing. Her name was Ruth Vining and she lived in Tyro, Kansas. To read more about her life, check out my mother’s book, My Flint Hills Childhood: Growing Up in 1930s Kansas. It’s hard to tell is that’s smoke around the back of the motorcycle from the exhaust or just fading or damage to the old photo.
If you’d like to know more about the motorcycle, a reader clued me in that it’s a Flanders 4. With a little internet research, I found an old ad from 1911 that features it.
Here’s a webpage I created on Squidoo with more about this motorcycle and photos of vintage motorcycles.