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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

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

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

Boy, Bike, Boat: 1906
The Detroit River circa 1906. Steamer Tashmoo at St. Clair Flats, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size. What was he thinking? When enlarging these pictures, I often find it riveti ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/08/2014 - 8:11pm -

Boy, Bike, Boat: 1906

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

Grant Six: 1920
... Christopher Helin. View full size. Once Rail, Now Bike Trail. Today's bike trail is probably on or near the railbed in the photo. The Golden Gate ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/28/2014 - 2:21pm -

Grant Six: 1920

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

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

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

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

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

Manley Boy: 1917
... in 1903. Track Stand It looks to me that Manley's bike isn't in motion, that he is executing a "track stand," a technique in which a rider balances his bike with little to no forward motion. His pedal cranks are horizontal and the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/23/2014 - 1:12am -

Manley Boy: 1917

La Dolce Vespa: 1955
... a naked D along with the Benelli, the MV and the mystery bike at the end MV Agusta The bike with the tag numbered 4951 appears to be a 1955 MV Agusta 125 cc TR. Power ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/10/2013 - 9:44am -

La Dolce Vespa: 1955

Dallas Noir: 1942
... in Dallas in 1948. I was 10 and recall getting on my bike and riding downtown to the Majestic to see "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein." I don't remember locking my bike and I know my parents never locked our doors. It was a different time in ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/28/2014 - 1:51pm -

Dallas Noir: 1942

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

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

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

Columbian Caravels: 1905
... has a hand-powered trike, and has competed in a few bike races with it. Hers looks more like a recumbent bicycle, though. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/13/2014 - 12:27pm -

Columbian Caravels: 1905

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

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

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

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

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

A Day at the Races: 1918
... Clearly I don't understand what's going on here. The bike, the bike! The cars are great but my eyes naturally go straight to the Indian in ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/12/2011 - 1:22pm -

A Day at the Races: 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

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

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
 
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