Here he is again, that traveling dentist great-grandpa of mine, Watson Emory (Frederick) Webster. For those who want to find out why I refer to him as my “Traveling Dentist” great-grandfather, simply click HERE.
Today’s Sepia Saturday prompt featuring bicycles provides the perfect opportunity to share this photograph of my great-grandfather with one of the ways he traveled, his motorized bike.
If you look closely at this photo, you can see his Dental Office sign on the building behind him.
|Dental Office Sign:|
Dentista Norte Americano
I believe the three little kids in the doorway are my grandpa Debs (far right front), and his sisters Edna (next to Debs), and Carlota (behind).
|Most Likely Carlota, Edna and Debs Webster|
Also interesting to see is the bike itself. It’s sitting on a triangular bike stand (rear wheel). The motor is visible and if you look closely at the handlebars you can even see a bulb horn. And behind the seat is a small attached bag for carrying various items.
Now, I don’t know if this bike came motorized or if my great-grandpa added a motor to his regular bike. In my research for this post, I haven’t been able to find a motorized bike that looks just like this one. What do you think? If anyone familiar with historic bikes knows the answer, please share in the comments below.
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Copyright © Jana Last 2012
Update: Since publishing this post, my mom emailed me the following interesting note -
When we lived in Rio Claro, if memory serves, my father Debs also added a motor to his bicycle and added a wooden seat in front so he could give rides to small children and also to our little dog who loved to ride with dad. Like father like son in inventing...