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[Typescript of European Travel on a Motorcycle]

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[Typescript of European Travel on a Motorcycle]

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An earnest and detailed typescript travel account written by a Robin Folsom of San Francisco documenting a portion of his 1949, approximately 8000 mile trip through Western Europe on a Peugeot 125cc motorcycle, likely a P55. This, the file copy of post-War automotive publisher Floyd Clymer, to whom it was submitted, presumably for consideration in one of his myriad pocket books on automobile and motorcycle interest which were as ubiquitous on newsstands and in bookstores in the 1950's U.S. as small Peugeot motorbikes were in France during the same. 

Folsom touts the ease and affordability of travel through Europe by motorcycle, setting the tone for the article with this opening line from the introduction: 

"It is as easy to motorcycle across Western Europe today as it is to cross Ohio or Pennsylvania." 

He goes on to document the affability of the Western Europeans encountered along his solo journey, the logistics of motorcycling (gushing over the ease of operation and comfort of the "125"), affordability of the journey (which he estimates cost less than $5.00 per day), etc... Folsom's travels, which began in Paris, took him southwest, into Spain on a course nearly straight for Madrid, then back east along the southern coast of France into Italy, where the typescript ends. His journey continued, though these three chapters are all we have, indeed they appear to be all that was submitted, with plans to produce more should Clymer have been interested, as a summary outline page is included, with details on potential chapters 4-10 (though, we find no evidence of it ever having made it to publication and the existence of additional writings by Folsom is unknown to us).

3 hand-drawn (likely traced) maps illustrate the contents along with 4 black and white snapshots, including a clear enlargement of Folsom atop the Peugeot and parked before the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, replete with saddlebags, a fuel can, his temporary travel license plate, etc... appearing in the frame.

An endearing and rich primary travel account aboard an iconic European motorbike in post-World War II Europe with association to an important publisher in American transportation.

FOLSOM, Robin : [CLYMER, Floyd] : [Travel] : [Motorcycling]. 8000 MILES ON A LIGHTWEIGHT: Motorcycling Through Eleven European Countries on $4.80 Per Day Can Be As Easy As Driving Across Pennsylvania [Original Typescript Article with Original Photographs]. San Francisco, California: 1950. Original typescript. 31[7]pp. [WITH] 3 hand-drawn maps. [WITH] 4 black and white silver print photographs ranging in size from approximately 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" to 5" x 7." Typescript pages paper clipped together in 4 separate bundles with some indentations from clips. Otherwise all well preserved, neat. About near fine overall. Near fine.

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An earnest and detailed typescript travel account written by a Robin Folsom of San Francisco documenting a portion of his 1949, approximately 8000 mile trip through Western Europe on a Peugeot 125cc motorcycle, likely a P55. This, the file copy of post-War automotive publisher Floyd Clymer, to whom it was submitted, presumably for consideration in one of his myriad pocket books on automobile and motorcycle interest which were as ubiquitous on newsstands and in bookstores in the 1950's U.S. as small Peugeot motorbikes were in France during the same. 

Folsom touts the ease and affordability of travel through Europe by motorcycle, setting the tone for the article with this opening line from the introduction: 

"It is as easy to motorcycle across Western Europe today as it is to cross Ohio or Pennsylvania." 

He goes on to document the affability of the Western Europeans encountered along his solo journey, the logistics of motorcycling (gushing over the ease of operation and comfort of the "125"), affordability of the journey (which he estimates cost less than $5.00 per day), etc... Folsom's travels, which began in Paris, took him southwest, into Spain on a course nearly straight for Madrid, then back east along the southern coast of France into Italy, where the typescript ends. His journey continued, though these three chapters are all we have, indeed they appear to be all that was submitted, with plans to produce more should Clymer have been interested, as a summary outline page is included, with details on potential chapters 4-10 (though, we find no evidence of it ever having made it to publication and the existence of additional writings by Folsom is unknown to us).

3 hand-drawn (likely traced) maps illustrate the contents along with 4 black and white snapshots, including a clear enlargement of Folsom atop the Peugeot and parked before the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, replete with saddlebags, a fuel can, his temporary travel license plate, etc... appearing in the frame.

An endearing and rich primary travel account aboard an iconic European motorbike in post-World War II Europe with association to an important publisher in American transportation.

FOLSOM, Robin : [CLYMER, Floyd] : [Travel] : [Motorcycling]. 8000 MILES ON A LIGHTWEIGHT: Motorcycling Through Eleven European Countries on $4.80 Per Day Can Be As Easy As Driving Across Pennsylvania [Original Typescript Article with Original Photographs]. San Francisco, California: 1950. Original typescript. 31[7]pp. [WITH] 3 hand-drawn maps. [WITH] 4 black and white silver print photographs ranging in size from approximately 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" to 5" x 7." Typescript pages paper clipped together in 4 separate bundles with some indentations from clips. Otherwise all well preserved, neat. About near fine overall. Near fine.