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I'm De Whole Show: 1913
... About $8500 per year. Not bad for a 12-year-old. Bike Light Probably not many bicycles today have kerosene lanterns on the handlebars. Fascinating. Re: Bike Light Are you sure of it being a kerosene lamp? Looks like a carbide ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:26pm -

I'm De Whole Show: 1913

Bike Shop: 1919
... tells me they went broke. Ceiling spokes The bike wheel light fixture -- cute. Bike shop clerks these days Can you imagine walking into your local bicycle ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 6:13pm -

Bike Shop: 1919

Cool bike
My brother's cool bike with banana seat, sissy bar, hand brakes and either a 3 or 5 speed ... Boy, does this photo bring back memories I had a bike exactly like that (in the late 60s as well) except it was blue. Pretty ... of the neighborhood boy "Clifton" who had a similar bike. Until this post, I had completely forgotten the term "sissy bar." On ... 
 
Posted by Gman77 - 05/05/2009 - 8:07pm -

Cool bike

The End of the Innocence: 1941
... Is that a spring for suspension on the front? Cool looking bike. Spring or light? Isn't that the headlight? [It's a spring-thing. - Dave] Bike In fact I'm pretty sure it's a spring, making for a pretty interesting ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:35pm -

The End of the Innocence: 1941

Bike Parade: 1954
... are surely in there somewhere. View full size. No bike There's something unutterably sad about that kid on the right leaning ... unlike all the other kids in the photo, doesn't have a bike. (ShorpyBlog, Member Gallery) ... 
 
Posted by ZebraMan - 09/27/2013 - 9:18pm -

Bike Parade: 1954

The Busy Corner: 1906
... [That's a fire hydrant, not rumply pants. - Dave] Bike riders It's interesting to see how casual bike owners were in this instance. Bikes are parked all over the place with no ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/21/2012 - 6:50pm -

The Busy Corner: 1906

Law & Order: 1932
... $773 out of his own pocket for provisions." The bike It appears to be a flathead, but I don't know what make it is. The ... The kick pedal kicks you back! Harley Davidson The bike is a V series Harley Davidson, a 74 cubic inch flathead. 1932 was the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/02/2014 - 9:00am -

Law & Order: 1932

Instant Messenger: 1913
... The bicycle's tires look to be skinny like modern day bike tires are. I guess the big balloon tires as used on the Schwinns that I remember came later. Bike to the Future The cars from 1913 have hardly any resemblance to the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/28/2014 - 9:41pm -

Instant Messenger: 1913

Vital Foods: 1937
... Makes Mr. Kellogg's health regime seem mild. The bike Can someone identify that great bicycle parked out front? What is that ... soup lines. Tire pump The cylindrical object on the bike is a tire pump. I carry one on my bike in exactly the same place. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:35pm -

Vital Foods: 1937

Bike Shop: 1912
... and probably the US. Below, the Huber & Metzger bike shop at 13 Grand River Avenue. A hipster's dream What ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 6:13pm -

Bike Shop: 1912

Media Conglomerate: 1907
... Tesla Studios glass negative. View full size. No bike? No problem -- just use your pony, like the kid in the back. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/03/2014 - 5:03am -

Media Conglomerate: 1907

Motorcycle Mama: 1937
... stupid when I rode my Harley... I'd love to have her bike now. Crash Guards By the looks of the crash guard, it had been laid ... her Indian in 1932. Same style duds, but when not on the bike add a gunbelt. Instead of a helmet, add a rakish cap (think Brando). ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/06/2013 - 1:51pm -

Motorcycle Mama: 1937

Our Lady of Lourdes School
... of 1940 and 1941. I had a weekend job in 1941 with Ike's Bike Rental on 141st. He needed someone to identify the kids who rented there ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/08/2011 - 9:17pm -

Our Lady of Lourdes School

Tyres & Fittings: 1910
... the sprocket turned. The usual result was falling off the bike. I hope they were sold separately. Other BSA products BSA also made ... on the bikes. Still available. I have one on my road bike. Kinda hard on the tush until they get a little broken in, but then they ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:30pm -

Tyres & Fittings: 1910

Truck Up: 1928
... of Rock Creek Parkway between M and P Streets (before the bike path was paved). Mechanism It looks like those rollers would be ... the foreground. At first I thought that was a boy with the bike, suggesting some informal setting open to anybody, but I think he's an ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/08/2014 - 2:42pm -

Truck Up: 1928

Bud and Dick: 1915
... Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size. The Bike Looks like the 1915 V-Twin Indian. And after 10000 miles she'd have ... didn't. ow ow OWWW Ten thousand miles?! On that bike? My butt goes numb after a couple hundred miles on a comfortable, modern ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/06/2013 - 1:56pm -

Bud and Dick: 1915

Syracuse Panorama: 1901
... the lower right hand corner, you can see what looks like a bike rack on the sidewalk. Of course the 1890s had been the golden age of ... emerge, but not yet, not in 1901. When it did, sidewalk bike racks probably wouldn't come back for, oh, about 100 years, until about ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/28/2012 - 6:16pm -

Syracuse Panorama: 1901

Law and Order: 1918
... most useful motorcycle accessory I've ever seen. Every bike should have one. Manhole cover For some reason, I continue to be ... Hollywood image of a cop, riding at breakneck speed on his bike, guns ablazin', is silly. Red Scare Actually there was an earlier ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/24/2014 - 10:57pm -

Law and Order: 1918

Incognito: 1890
... print. View full size. Awesome (and imposing) bike! How on Earth did you get on top of that? And how did you keep your ... but it certainly failed to conceal her gender in those bike pants. Horsing around with a bicycle I'm pretty sure one mounts ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:26pm -

Incognito: 1890

Shop Early for Xmas: 1921
... I'll take the... Kodak Autographics, bike and Lionel train sets, please! Santa Please... ...bring me the sled ... there are individually wrapped. I don't recognize the bike in the window, but it looks big; in the early 1950s we had a hand-me-down ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:38pm -

Shop Early for Xmas: 1921

Biking in Suburbia: 1968
My younger brother, riding his new bike. Our street was a cul-de-sac in Walnut, California. This was probably ... for me. An invitation to dream that it's me on that bike, growing up in California in the 70's as a child, and then as a teenager ... trim. Great handlebars Love the handlebars on the bike and his red shirt, matching the bike too! This could have easily been one ... 
 
Posted by Mvsman - 06/28/2014 - 12:55pm -

Biking in Suburbia: 1968

Petite Visite à Grosse Ile: 1900
... Channel into the Wayne County Bridge for use by vehicular, bike and pedestrian traffic. The rail tracks across the island were replaced by ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/08/2014 - 2:36pm -

Petite Visite à Grosse Ile: 1900

Undeliverable: 1925
... Background bin What's that in the bin behind him - bike tires? Was some doughboy trying to ship an Army motorcycle home piece by ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/12/2011 - 3:42pm -

Undeliverable: 1925

Our New Ride: 1921
... 1921. "Times bicycle contest." Winners of a Mead Ranger bike for selling 30 newspaper subscriptions. National Photo Co. View full ... From a few period ads, it appears that a Mead Ranger bike might fetch about $20. In today's money, that's about $240. Pretty nice ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:38pm -

Our New Ride: 1921

The Barber of Poughkeepsie: 1904
... from this photo. I had no idea you could park a bike at a curb without using a kickstand. Po'town All these ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/11/2014 - 12:15pm -

The Barber of Poughkeepsie: 1904

Birmingham Messenger: 1914
... Birmingham Messenger Just curious how he stopped the bike since there appears to be neither a "coaster" brake nor hand brakes? ... messenger This would most likely be a fixed gear bike, which is stopped by applying stopping force to the pedals while moving. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:39pm -

Birmingham Messenger: 1914

Genesee Street: 1904
... sort. -tterrace] Cyclecuse, NY Has to be the most bike friendly city in the early 1900's. You've posted many street scenes from ... Rack it Apparently the bank wasted their money on the bike racks. They don't seem to be very popular. When we were 21 ? An ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/25/2014 - 4:19pm -

Genesee Street: 1904

Bike Raffle: 1954
... display in city hall, with the reminder to register your bike.) I think the plate cost 25 cents, which was a substantial amount for a ... 
 
Posted by ZebraMan - 07/21/2013 - 10:08pm -

Bike Raffle: 1954

A Boy and His Dogs: 1928
... glass negative -- maybe someone recognizes the boy on the bike, who must have been at least a little newsworthy. View full size. Bike front wheel Could use a little straightening for sure! Wobbly ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/01/2013 - 3:11pm -

A Boy and His Dogs: 1928

Ferrous & Fireproof: 1921
        Evidently a haunt of John Quincy Adams in the 1820s, "the old house" on F Street was transformed into an office building in 1885 by innkeeper Caleb Willard, who employed the latest fireproofing ideas while managing ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/09/2014 - 7:45pm -

Ferrous & Fireproof: 1921
 
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