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During times of war, when telecommunications were limited and insecure, a dispatch or “despatch” rider, a military messenger on motorcycle were used by armed forces to deliver urgent orders and messages between headquarters and military units. Women excelled as dispatch riders and were often seen taking their motorcycles, in the name of duty, through perilous conditions. from motoress

Current: #Segway........Past: Motor-Scooter: “Lady Florence Norman, on her motor-scooter in 1916, traveling to work at offices in London where she was a supervisor. The scooter was a birthday present from her husband, Sir Henry Norman.”

Legendary Bessie Stringfield Motorcycle Queen / Bessie Stringfield (1911–1993), nicknamed "The Motorcycle Queen of Miami" was the first black woman to ride across the United States solo and during WW2 she served as one of the few motorcycle despatch riders for the United States military. http://www.antiquearchaeology.com/blog/legendary-bessie-stringfield-motorcycle-queen/

WRNS Despatch Riders on their Triumph motorcycles 1940s WRNS despatch riders on Triumph motorcycles during the Second World War. Note the protective headgear! Normally they did have crash helmets but perhaps they didn’t look good for the photograph.

US soldier says farewell at Penn Station (Pennsylvania Station, New York), before being posted abroad in December 1943.

In Soviet Union women participating in WWII were erased from history, remaining as the occasional anecdote of a female sniper or simply as medical staff or, at best, radio specialists. The word “front-line girl” (frontovichka) became a terrible...

Winston Churchill as a young officer circa 1895. Born into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the noble Spencer family, Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, like his father, used the surname "Churchill" in public life. Churchill's father, Lord Randolph Churchill, the third son of John Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough, was a politician; and his mother, Lady Randolph Churchill (née Jennie Jerome) was the daughter of American millionaire Leonard Jerome.