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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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bike Registration: 1954
Third in a series of bicycle-themed photos from Lafayette, Indiana. Check out that police car! View full size. Studebaker The police car is a c.1954 Studebaker Starliner coupe, a rather interesting and unusual choice for law enforcemen ... 
 
Posted by ZebraMan - 09/27/2013 - 9:19pm -

Bike Registration: 1954

The Prize: 1921
... subscription-selling contest and his prize, a Mead Ranger bike. More here and here . National Photo glass negative. View full ... My only other bicycle noisemaker is a St. Christoper bike bell inscribed in Latin. Alas, St. Christoper has been relegated to ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:40pm -

The Prize: 1921

Raymond Bykes: 1911
... in a 100 years. pedal as kick stand Note how the bike in the middle is being held upright by leaning on a pedal -- I remember ... for hours, trying to position the pedal just right so the bike would do that. Where I lived in the 1950's, it wasn't cool to use a kick ... 
 
Posted by Ken - 08/13/2013 - 5:37pm -

Raymond Bykes: 1911

Speed Racer: 1925
... There doesn't seem to be any braking mechanism on his bike. (Unless there is a foot brake that isn't apparent.) Also wondering what ... of the twentieth century. During WWII they made a folding bike for British Airborne paratroopers. After the war production switched to ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:34pm -

Speed Racer: 1925

The Summer of '42
... his overseas service. Sturmey Archer Hub The girl's bike has a Sturmey-Archer 3-speed hub, and is probably a Raleigh. The guy's bike is more used, probably a Schwinn one speed. The live in different towns, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:34pm -

The Summer of '42

The Children's Army: 1942
... them as they were in '42. That would be a photo The bike The bicycle at the bottom right gave it away for me. No tires, no ... glance thought I thought 50's or 60's until I spotted the bike. Great color for the early 40's! DC Kids I love this picture. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:43pm -

The Children's Army: 1942

Stadium Parking: 1942
... This picture seems to pack a hole lot of punch. Bike Support I love the old-fashioned kickstands on the bikes. Lifts the ... the two types of stands common then. One could even use a bike so equipped as a kind of exercycle, since the rear wheel was held entirely ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:33pm -

Stadium Parking: 1942

Look Out World, Here I Come
... 1921. " Times boy and bicycle." Winner of a Mead Ranger bike by virtue of selling 30 newspaper subscriptions. The Ranger contest was a ... excellent velo. just a bit too big for him, is all. Bike! Yes, I too want that bike! Little Rascal It's Weezer! ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:45pm -

Look Out World, Here I Come

Paper Doll: 1936
... looking kid in goggles, I laugh out loud every time. Bike Helmet? Is that some early motorized bike helmet hanging on the wall? I have to wonder too if the girl would be ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/07/2013 - 8:28pm -

Paper Doll: 1936

Bevo 10 Cents: 1917
... by Anheuser Busch. Wikipedia link . - Dave] That bike Amazing bike. HUGE bars, and check out the saddle. I would love to ride that thing ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 6:03pm -

Bevo 10 Cents: 1917

Bicycle Queen: 1959
... Annette: going to a soda shop, or the movies, or even a bike ride. She was the sweetheart of my pre-teen years! One Classy Lady ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/01/2014 - 7:01pm -

Bicycle Queen: 1959
 
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