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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

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Road Trip by Harley-Davidson and Model T

Posted July 22, 2010 12:01 AM by dstrohl

You know it's summer in Vermont when the motorcycles start ripping by the Hemmings offices on their way to Lake George or Rhinebeck or Laconia or simply out for a ride. Looking through the photos of the Landscape Change Program at the University of Vermont, we see some things haven't changed in 80-plus years.

We were intrigued by a couple batches of photos we recently came across in the program's photo database, both appearing to depict road trips, and both with minimal information regarding the locations and dates of the photos or the people in them. One road trip seems to have been taken in the wintertime in a Ford Model T coupe, while the other took place in a warmer season astride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The more we looked at the photos, however, the more the two stories seemed to converge.

First, we confirmed that these weren't just a bunch of random photos of different cars. After all, Model Ts were ubiquitous at the time; Harleys maybe not ubiquitous, but certainly not uncommon. Indeed, many of the details of the Model T – the canvas cover over the radiator, the placement and illegibility of the license plates, the chains, the condition of the car and the lack of any external aftermarket items – suggest that it is the same car. The Harley, which we believe to be a pre-1927 model, carries two license plates: 8 early on, then 319 later.

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