18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, May 16, 1913: Doing nothing of any account.
Why The Motorcycle Keeps Boys on the Farm
Don’t expect your boy to be happy on the farm if the summer season brings only work. When the day’s works is over don’t tell him, the horses are too tired for road work, because it is this tying to the farm, this inability to join his chums in their pastimes or to seek his own pleasures that often makes farm life distasteful to him. Get him a
It will let down the bars and take him where he wishes in a fraction of the time he would use by team. It will open up a thousand and one pleasures heretofore denied him. You will find he will return at bed time, happy, contented and satisfied with his lot in life. But when you buy him a motorcycle, be sure that you obtain one that is economical, reliable and durable. Buy him a Harley-Davidson, because
It is the Most Economical
The Harley-Davidson holds the world’s official record for economy.
It is the Most Reliable
The Harley-Davidson is the only machine which has ever been awarded a diamond medal and a thousand plus five score in an endurance contest. The plus five was for its super-excellent performance. These awards were made by the National Federation of American Motorcycles.
It is the Most Durable
The first Harley-Davidson made, over eleven years ago, has covered now over one hundred thousand miles and is still giving satisfaction and today retains even its original bearings.
Seven departments of the U.S. Government use a total of nearly 4000 of these machines.
Over 3000 R.F. D. Carriers daily cover their routes on a Harley-Davidson, a fitting tribute to the reliability of this machine.
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Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma wrote little, but probably was working very hard.—doing housecleaning, cooking, farm chores, etc.
The sons of farmers also worked hard—and this June 15, 1913 advertisement in Kimball’s Dairy Farmer magazine played on the fear that they might leave the farm for the city.
You also might enjoy these previous posts that contained other ads that played on similar fears.