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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

Boss Hog: 1920
... No front brakes There would be no way to stop this bike in a hurry. Jamming on the rear brake would be tantamount to throwing out ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/08/2015 - 5:58pm -

Boss Hog: 1920

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

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

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

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

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

Dad and the Honda
... must have been cold, he's all bundled up. I think that bike was a 71 Honda CL175 Scrambler. Around 1973 or 74 in Akron, Ohio. View ... 
 
Posted by Zone47 - 04/17/2015 - 8:58pm -

Dad and the Honda

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! (The ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:45pm -

Look Out World, Here I Come

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fix-a-Flat: 1937
... replaced with something that didn't work. This causes bike riders today to carry a spare tube instead of a patch kit. Deja vu ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/27/2015 - 10:49pm -

Fix-a-Flat: 1937

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

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

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

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

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

Dad's Indian: 1950s
... I bet the aviator's cap didn't hurt either. Nice bike! That's a nice Indian and your dad must have been popular with the ... 
 
Posted by niceleyj - 11/09/2008 - 1:47am -

Dad's Indian: 1950s

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

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

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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