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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sally's Harley: 1937
... as much. More on Sally I learned to ride a "Big Bike" in 1965 -- my buddy's 1939 Harley 61. At 150lbs I was not much of a match ... I ride my 1980 GoldWing with pride at 35 years on the bike. (Prints, D.C., Harris + Ewing, Motorcycles) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/26/2014 - 7:58pm -

Sally's Harley: 1937

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Little Miss on a Big Bike: 1929
My mother tries out my grandfather's bicycle for size, around 1929. The photo was at my mother's insistence. My grandfather sports the popular mustache of the day, "The Toothbrush". Heaven knows why it was so popular. Mother appears to have alread ... 
 
Posted by Mudhooks - 01/28/2010 - 10:59am -

Little Miss on a Big Bike: 1929
 
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