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Thread: A Look Back at the Harley-Davidson Factory

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    Most of the pics that show the end of the assembly line show what looks to be the same gentleman at the same station over the years.
    I wonder the total number of bikes he touched in his career.
    I wonder if he worked on mine.
    I wonder what his name was.
    I have got to get back to building that time machine......
    Thanks for the pics Chris

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    Chris and Jim..thanks for the picts guys. The paint line and the guys brazing frames are my all time favorites.

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    Would it be safe to assume the photos of the women working would have been during the war? And since it looks like they're packaging parts, maybe those electric tub warmers are for dipping in cosmoline? Nice shots Chris!
    Pisten Bulley is Harry Roberts in Vermont.

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    You can almost make out the part number on crates in right side of pic.

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    Would it be safe to assume the photos of the women working would have been during the war?
    No, I don't believe so. My grandmother worked in the electrical department 1934-1938 until she and my grandfather married. I believe the department was mostly comprised of women except for the supervisor.

    H-D had a women's social club for female employees, activities for young single women. There was a time when the MoCo would dismiss women when they married.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pisten-bully View Post
    Would it be safe to assume the photos of the women working would have been during the war? And since it looks like they're packaging parts, maybe those electric tub warmers are for dipping in cosmoline? Nice shots Chris!
    You are correct.
    Be sure to visit;
    http://www.vintageamericanmotorcycles.com/main.php
    Be sure to register at the site so you can see large images.
    Also be sure to visit http://www.caimag.com/forum/

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    Production testing department from the 1938 pamphlet "Let's visit the Harley-Davidson Factory"

    My grandfather is the fourth gentleman back looking at the cycle's front wheel.

    Attachment 10920

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    hey! those guys are painting without a mask. is that OSHA approved???

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    Chris, your picture of the ladle-brazing of frames is amazing and says a lot about how they did those frames.

    There were some really amazing techniques back then that are largely lost to time...

    Cheers and thanks for posting.

    Sirhr

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    i would think that not to many companies would let these kind of photos be taken today.

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