This photo is part of a small collection of photos taken by the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner in 1940. The subject was female war workers and the three ladies pictures above were employed as motorbike messengers for the Timm Aircraft Corporation. Their job was to carry inter-organization communications from the company’s headquarters in LA to three manufacturing plants. Pictured from left to right are Chief Messenger Phyllis Domich, Dora “Babe” Duncan, and Janet Spangenberg. Together they are said to be the first female motorbike messengers for the aircraft industry.
Bessie Stringfield Inducted to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2002
In the 1940s, “The Motorcycle Queen of Miami” broke down barriers for women and African American motorcyclists. Completed eight solo cross-country tours and served as a U.S. Army motorcycle dispatch rider.