Fireman McGrew of the East Point Georgia Fire Department sits in the drivers seat of the company's first engine, a 1911 American LaFrance Type 10 Combo circa 1913. McGrew was the only paid fireman at the time but he is joined in the rig by his friend Lewis F. Little and a very photogenic hound up front. Also in the frame is a nicely appointed 8HP, 61ci Harley-Davidson model 9E, which due to the popularity of Harley's v-twin the year before came with a substantially higher price tag of $350.


Countless more exclusive photos and stories from motorcycling's earliest days can be found in the pages of Georgia Motorcycle History: The First 60 years 1899-1959 available HERE