Not Just a Car Guy

The activities of Lewis Reed outside of his main occupation as a car dealer has always been of interest to me.  Social activities, pastimes, and hobbies often help define a person and sometimes those activities can be found in later generations.

Lewis Reed was not only passionate about automobiles, he also enjoyed riding motorcycles and photography. With photography for a hobby, one that began even before automobiles were around, he amassed a large library of photographs of many scenic locations from touring on his motorcycle all over the country. All I know is, as I look at these photos and try to make out the details, my grandfather was ready for adventure. (click images to enlarge)

Lewis Reed on Harley Davidson

Lewis Reed sitting on his Harley Davidson motorcycle circa 1915 somewhere outside Frederick MD

Lewis Reed on motorcycle in Frederick MD

Lewis Reed taking photograph (from left: Lewis Reed’s motorcycle, Edgar Reed, unknown person, Bernard Hanshew, unknown child, unknown man) in front of Greenawalt Drug Store on Market Street in Frederick, MD circa 1915

Lewis Reed repairing his motorcycle

Lewis Reed on motorcycle

Lewis Reed (far left)

Lewis Reed (far right)

Lewis Reed patching up Uncle Bernie after he fell off motorcycle

Lewis Reed patching up Uncle Bernie Hanshew after he fell off motorcycle

1912 Harley Davidson Motorcycle Club

1912 – Second from left are Edgar Reed (sitting on motorcycle) and Lewis Reed standing behind him.

Lewis and Edgar Reed

Lewis Reed (back) & Edgar

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006. In 2016, I received the Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development.

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