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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
 
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