One of the four co-founders of Harley-Davidson (1881–1950) who was responsible for setting up the company’s nationwide network of dealers. Harley-Davison Motorcycles mechanic certification card, signed “Arthur Davison,” one page, 4.5 x 2.75, issued to “certify that Pvt. 1 cl. Ben A. Wyatt attended the Factory Service School of Army Motorcycle Mechanics, Class of October 6, 1941 to October 31, 1941.” Toning to edges, otherwise fine condition. The US Army had previously ordered 20,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles during World War I to use for dispatch work and as scout vehicles, and the company became involved in the war effort again as World War II commenced. Harley-Davidson provided motorcycles to the Allies even before the US entered the war, since German bombs had wiped out Great Britain’s motorcycle factories. After Pearl Harbor, production shifted almost entirely in support of the wartime effort, and the company’s service school—used to train their dealers and local technicians—became known as the ‘Quartermaster School’ and was used to train military mechanics. A wonderful piece from the iconic American company. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
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