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Pedal Pusher: 1957

Pedal Pusher: 1957

From somewhere around Columbus, Georgia, circa 1957 comes this unidentified lady on a Schwinn, pre-Spandex. 4x5 acetate negative. View full size.

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St Elmo

She's standing in front of one of Columbus's most historic houses, St. Elmo, completed in 1833.

That is my wife

Not quite, but same bike, same clothes. Summer 1957. Twenty two years old.

Pair of '57 beauties

She is made up and dressed the way I remember pretty women when I was 10 years old and the Schwinn is a 26" balloon tire classic.

Boys' bike

We have a men's model that looks to be a few years older but has the same design. It was in storage and I decided to try it out, inflated the balloon tires and then found out the brakes failed, just from sitting around. Darn thing is only around 60 years old too.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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