This is a photograph which has made its way around the interweb without any explanation. Yes, there have been plenty of explanations volunteered, but most of them were unprintable!
However, the story behind the picture is that it is indeed a real photo and not staged. In 1952, members of the Forty & Eight Club decided for reasons now lost in the mists of time to mount a hobby horse onto the back of a Harley ServiCar and enter it in a parade in Oregon.
The Forty & Eight Club was formed in 1920 and is an organisation of veterans of the United States armed forces. Its official name is ‘La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux’ French for ‘The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses’, a name taken from the box cars used to transport troops to the front in France and which had 40/8 stencilled on the side, meaning they could carry either 40 men or 8 horses.
In 1929, the Forty & Eight Club was described as ‘the fun-making organisation of the American Legion’. We suspect they may have made a little too much fun for the Legion, because, seven years after this photograph was taken, the Forty & Eight became an independent body and now no longer requires American Legion membership to join.