My Grand Uncle John Stanley Poltrack was born in Poland on this date in 1887. He died in 1954 and I don’t remember him, but I was well aware of the Cycle Shop that bore his name.
As a kid, after church we’d drive past the shop and I would get see “my name” in lights on the storefront. Everyone in school assumed that my dad owned the store and I had unlimited access to bikes,
I have started a tradition of sharing family photos on family members birthdays. I usually share these privately among the family but I decided to make an exception today. I think some of these photos may be of interest to residents of Stamford Connecticut and anyone else who is interested in this historical time frame.
|This is the storefront I remember as a kid, in the 1950s.|
|John Stanley Poltrack – Born 126 years ago
My Grand Uncle
|The Stamford Police force got their Harley’s from John Poltrack|
|Great float. I’m guessing this was taken in front of Holy Name Church in Stamford.|
|My first cousin 1x removed Bernie Dombroski and John Poltrack
My wife remarked that this looks like our cellar. I blame genes.
|Ready to Ride|
|Hare and Hound Rally. This must have been fun to do. I’m curious where it was held.
If someone knows, please leave a comment on this blog.
|John Poltrack and ?|
|Albert Poltrack, another first cousin 1x removed. A star of the rally.|
|Note motorcycle chains for dirt traction|
|That is a serious hill, guessing this may be the 1930s|
|John on left|
|A closer look at the tire chains|
|Harley rules the day, go Albert|
|I would love to the see the “moving pictures” of this event. Anyone know Albert DeCarlo?|
|The shop in the 1930s|
|This had to be a great party. I assume it was held after the “Hare and Hound”|
|A family affair. John Stanley is holding John Adam. There are a lot of John Poltracks.|
|Love these outfits|
|Another early photo. Note all the sidecars.|
|The 1940s, John’s sons were in the service.|
|Tom Poltrack in the Army, with motorcycle|
|I need to find which font is used on the storefront. It looks great with our name.|
|Stamford Connecticut Tercentennial Parade|
|John making a delivery|
|The Laundry is a nice touch|
|I got my first bike at this shop!
If you have a story about this shop and my family, please share it in the comment section. I want to learn more.
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