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Cycle Cops: 1918
... through the tulips than stopping snag ups in their bike chains. I can only imagine what a modern day bike may look like, scabbard down the fork tubes for a long weapon, flashing ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:34pm -

Cycle Cops: 1918

Howard the Delivery Boy: 1913
... Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size. Howard's Bike Man alive that bike is too tall for him! The fork looks to be bent also - in almost the same ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:50pm -

Howard the Delivery Boy: 1913

Up Worthy: 1910
... can hold a finger in front of your ear if you're riding a bike or in a convertible, and the wind noise will decrease dramatically. As ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/23/2014 - 9:11pm -

Up Worthy: 1910

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

Motorcycle Cop: 1924
... movie. How about a bit of degreaser? What a filthy bike. Must not have been a requirement to keep it looking presentable. His ... is mechanically actuated by the right foot lever. Nice bike! This bike is a gas! I'm marveling at the Presto-Lite tank ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/06/2013 - 1:52pm -

Motorcycle Cop: 1924

The King and His Castle: 1956
... there are still cars sitting in your front yard. The Bike It's a 56 KH actually, more on it here . Nothing ostentatious ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/12/2013 - 10:22pm -

The King and His Castle: 1956

Sidesaddle: 1929
... Sidesaddle will be face-down in the dirt. My favorite bike! They used this inline four engine for aeroplanes also. I first ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/06/2013 - 2:44pm -

Sidesaddle: 1929

Omar: 1935
... your eye on the sparrow Methinks Robert Blake. The bike! I thought there was a better picture. Where is it? [Two posts ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/09/2011 - 1:03pm -

Omar: 1935

Breaking Away: 1908
... Americans have been able to learn a lot about (and enjoy) bike endurance racing. But Armstrong's 17,370 career points in 17 years and ... very nice eHistory site, here’s a look at six-day bike racing by Ari de Wilde. Note that although he wrote “Strapped into ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 6:32pm -

Breaking Away: 1908

Over and Under: 1900
... The car is clearly a C&NW car. Upgrading a bike I noticed that the older boy has upscaled his bike to cool by flipping the handlebars over. Very racer looking. (Prints, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:44pm -

Over and Under: 1900

Lake Worth: 1908
... the trees on the left side of the walk. Favorite Bike Trail When I lived in WPB I used to ride on the Lake Trail regularly. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:38pm -

Lake Worth: 1908

Boody House: 1900
... at the top of the tower. Date 1870, simply beautiful. Bike World Before cars took over, bicycles were considered to be a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2012 - 10:18pm -

Boody House: 1900

D-Day: New York
... my trike when a Western Union messenger rode up on his bike and went into the three-family apartment in which I lived. I heard a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/06/2013 - 12:25pm -

D-Day: New York

Provincetown Summer: 1937
... this photo alot, and I keep thinking how the girl on the bike would fit right in with the students at Appalachian university here in ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:35pm -

Provincetown Summer: 1937

Future Biker: 1935
... 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the FSA. Sweet bike West Virginia is great place to ride. What a ride Hmmm ... 1930 ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/06/2013 - 1:49pm -

Future Biker: 1935

Georgetown Branch Trestle
... It has since been converted to the Capital Crescent Hike/Bike Trail. Shorpyites may recognize the area immediately west of the GSA ... 
 
Posted by chrmer - 08/24/2012 - 11:47pm -

Georgetown Branch Trestle

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 - 07/20/2012 - 12:56pm -

Dallas Noir: 1942

Visitors Welcome: 1906
... Dave] Creepy, but at least there is a place for your bike... I've noticed people frequently commenting on the lack of bike racks in most of these photos, despite the abundance of bicycles. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2012 - 12:47pm -

Visitors Welcome: 1906

Wabasha Street: 1905
... be to the left of the turning streetcar. St. Paul bike law St. Paul's leaders had not banned bicycles from city street, so ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2012 - 8:11pm -

Wabasha Street: 1905

Board Track: 1925
... discovered he couldn't remove his foot from the peg of his bike and found that a large splinter had pierced the leather of his boot and wedged itself between parts of the bike. Fortunately it somehow missed his foot. It was all insanely dangerous ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/04/2012 - 6:56pm -

Board Track: 1925

Century Road Club: 1913
... brake anchor lever that clamps to the frame on the one bike. It was never much fun as a kid when that lever came loose and you hit ... you will note the toe clips. I did some 100 miles per day bike trips in my salad days and toe clips made it a lot easier by locking your ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:25pm -

Century Road Club: 1913

Kids at Bike shop
... date, likely around 1920s. Group of kids in front of a bike shop, I'm thinking in Rockland Maine. My wife got several photos from a ... 
 
Posted by mhallack - 03/06/2011 - 1:31pm -

Kids at Bike shop

The Shopping Center: 1952
... missing when you returned. When you could leave your bike ouside a store without it being chained to anything, and finding it right ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/10/2013 - 1:17pm -

The Shopping Center: 1952

Fruit Market: 1908
... kid who would sell fresh Philly soft pretzels from his bike, they would yell "FERRRESH PERRRETZELS" Iske Furniture This photo ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/27/2012 - 11:28am -

Fruit Market: 1908

Teeth Without Plates: 1905
... store next door. Oh? This reminds me of my first bike which was too big for me. I finally grew a bit, as I'm sure he did. ... and/or everyone is looking further to the right. The bike isn't brakeless: it has a 'coaster brake' inside the rear hub. A slight ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:35pm -

Teeth Without Plates: 1905

Boompy's Bike: c. 1920
Bernard J. "Boompy" Logue of 2527 E. Monument St. in Baltimore, MD, about 1920, on his home made bicycle. View full size. The Old Neighborhood I grew up not too far from where this great photo was taken.Although the neighborhood is terr ... 
 
Posted by hoteldennis - 03/31/2011 - 12:03pm -

Boompy's Bike: c. 1920

Rambler Biclorama: 1902
... built for two, or maybe three? interesting, the first bike has the more modern low set handlebars one associates with racing bikes. I ... if the first has some digestive problems. The second bike however has the step-through frame more commonly associated with ladies' ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:31pm -

Rambler Biclorama: 1902

A tall bike for a short kid, 1895
... back is Jim Smiley. Jay and Jim must have been out for a bike ride in Shelby, Ohio, where the picture was taken. The year is around ... 
 
Posted by Dana - 07/21/2009 - 3:40am -

A tall bike for a short kid, 1895

Bike and Sidecar
Jack Riley and friend in Centennial Park, Paddington. View full size. (ShorpyBlog, Member Gallery) ... 
 
Posted by KJ - 08/22/2011 - 3:31pm -

Bike and Sidecar

Suburban Cowboy: 1963
... are all things I remember. The easy days of riding your bike up and down the neighborhood with your friends, not a care in the world. ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 09/20/2011 - 11:24pm -

Suburban Cowboy: 1963
 
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