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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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Miss Handlebars: 1900
... her unbraided hair is knee length. I'm surprised that her bike has skirt netting on the rear wheel but the chain guard stops at the chain ... Ms. Sprocket Amazing hair. Very cool chain guard and bike. Bicycle "Take me away". Freedom at last look on her face. Toto? What ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/19/2014 - 3:23pm -

Miss Handlebars: 1900

Rover Boys: 1900
... just a simple platform pedal are preferred. Also many bike commuters and touring bikers prefer "rat trap/mouse trap" pedals which ... shoes for ease of walking and lower cost since cleated bike shoes cast more and must be used with "clipless" pedals. However there ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/19/2014 - 3:23pm -

Rover Boys: 1900

The New Century: 1900
... were not average household items of the day. In the duo bike picture, one of the fellas is wearing a pretty nice watch chain too. For ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/24/2014 - 12:48am -

The New Century: 1900

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
 
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