BRITISH CHAP RIDING HIS DOUGLAS MOTORCYCLE (1920’S)

An Arlo Guthrie song has the following lyrics. “I don’t want a pickle. Just want to ride on my motorcycle. And I don’t want a tickle. Cause I’d rather ride on my motorcycle.” Motorcyclists often have a passionate relationship with their bikes and riding, Perhaps the chap in this vintage snapshot shares that same enthusiasm. This photo features a middle aged or older motor cyclist. His bike has a British (Bristol) license plate and was manufactured by the Douglas company. Douglas was a British motorcycle manufacturer that operated from 1907 through 1957. The company was based in the city of Bristol.  Interestingly, the company also built cars in its early days (1913-1922). This photograph measures about 3 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ and is in good condition (see scans). I believe that this photograph is from the 1920’s.

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  1. Without knowing anything about motorbikes, I would agree this is 20s, from the clothes of the women or girls behind him.

    I’m curious why you only post such small images? Is it because of the narrowness of your blog theme or something else?

    • I am unsure of what you mean about the small images. Do you mean the photographs themselves, or do you mean the size of the photos as they are displayed on the blog? I appreciate your feedback, and I am always looking for ways to improve the blog. I look forward to your response.

      • The size of the photos as they’re displayed on the blog. They’re quite difficult to see as they are because your blog theme is very narrow. There’s a way to have them be the size of the blog column but also, when clicked on, open up larger. I can find you the info about doing that if you want.

      • That option would be great and if you have information about how to add that feature, I would welcome it. Thanks again for the information.

      • I’ll try to explain it rather than sending you to wordpress’s ‘help’ pages!

        You need to have an image in the post editor first, so put one in a new post or try this on an existing draft post that has an image in it.

        Go into the post editor, click on the image and you’ll see some icons appear above it. Click on the pencil icon which will take you to the Image Details edit screen.

        On that screen you need to adjust three items, two of which are in the DISPLAY SETTINGS area and one of which is in the ADVANCED OPTIONS area (you may need to scroll to see it). These settings and the options to choose, are:

        Size.
        This is the size of the image. Click the down arrow at the side of the box and you’ll see the options. Providing your image is not huge (ie, not the sort of size that comes out of a professional SLR camera!), choose ‘Full Size’.

        Link To.
        Click the down arrow and you’ll see various options. Either choose Media File which will put the image in its own window, or Attachment File which will do the same but in addition will add a comment form so that people can comment on the image itself. (I prefer Media File as I prefer to limit comments to the post itself.)

        Open link in new tab.
        Click in the checkbox to make the image open in a different tab or window from the one in which you have your post. If you leave this unchecked, when someone clicks on the image, your post will vanish and be replaced by a window just with the image in it and they’ll have to click their browser’s back button to return to your post. Having it open in a different tab or window makes it easier for them to get back to your post as it is still open.

        When done, click the Update button and it will return you to the post editor where you can either save the post as a draft (if you’re still working on it) or publish it.

        Always test that these options work properly before publishing the post by saving the post as a draft and then clicking the ‘Preview post’ to see how it looks and behaves. You can easily return to the post editor to continue editing or publish it.

        A word about the size and quality of images. I’m presuming you’re using a scanner? Always find the advanced or professional settings, never settle for the default ones. This lets you adjust the dimensions on the image, the resolution (which should be high enough to see detail when you zoom in several times, but also take into account loading times – not everyone has a fast internet connection and huge images take so long to load that people tend to avoid them.)

      • Thank you so much for the detailed instructions. I will use them when I have extra time to learn the procedure. Sounds complicated but you have done a masterful job of writing instructions. Thanks so much.

      • You’re welcome. It’s not as difficult as it sounds.


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