Friday, June 5, 2015

Everyday windows to the past III

Our power of imagination

'Only Love Can Break A Heart' by Gene Pitney (1962) is another song that really captures a certain time-space. It can be fun to sort've time machine back certain special locales for oneself in your mind. I think this exercise can spiritually center a person. If something was better in another time, then why was it better? It's a way to learn about oneself, and maybe where you might want to go in the future. If you really think of it, most of the homes, roads, buildings, and landscapes haven't changed much. All it takes is a good imagination to back-date the imagery and mood. What better aid than music? It doesn't mean that you're stuck in the past by merely using your powers of time-space-place imagination when you wish to.

Indian Motorcycles

Indian is an American brand of motorcycles originally produced from 1901 to 1953 in Springfield, Massachusetts, US. Hendee Manufacturing Company initially produced the motorcycles but the name was changed to The Indian Motocycle Manufacturing Company in 1928.

The Indian factory team took the first three places in the 1911 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. During the 1910s Indian became the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world. Indian's most popular models were the Scout, made from 1920 to 1946, and the Chief, made from 1922 to 1953.

The Indian Motocycle Manufacturing Company went bankrupt in 1953. Various organizations tried to perpetuate the Indian Brand name in subsequent years, with limited success. In 2011 Polaris Industries purchased Indian Motorcycles and moved operations from North Carolina and merged them into their existing facilities in Minnesota and Iowa. Since August 2013, Polaris have marketed three modern Indian motorcycles that reflect Indian's traditional styling.

Apparently the Indian Motorcycle Company didn't go bankrupt because the product wasn't good anymore; but due to to poor decisions, planning, and strategy. It still is puzzling though, since it appears that their best models were among their latest. After a long and confusing period of attempts to bring them back, along with mergers and buyouts, they finally are back and viable under the name Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company. I think part of their problem was that they couldn't merely start producing antique-looking models and be taken seriously, but they seem to have it on track now. They look good.

Antique radios

The old models from the 30s or 40s are nice, but I really like the brands from the 50s and 60s. Also, the old juke boxes. I think it's great that companies are manufacturing new inexpensive radios in the old styles, which--lets face it--are so much more stylish than the modern brands. They had those old wood or chrome finishes, the dials, those particular woven speaker covers. I always remember a line from the movie 'Point Break' where surfing guru "Bodhi" (Patrick Swayze) sees "Johnny Utah's" (Keanu Reaves) fancy surf board and says "hey, that looks like a 57 Chevy I used to have."


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