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Running Behind: 1963
... down Savoy model with a six cylinder engine. A Cheap Bike Lock seems to have found a better use as a hood tie-down on this ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/18/2015 - 8:24pm -

Running Behind: 1963

Law & Order: 1932
... $773 out of his own pocket for provisions." The bike It appears to be a flathead, but I don't know what make it is. The ... The kick pedal kicks you back! Harley Davidson The bike is a V series Harley Davidson, a 74 cubic inch flathead. 1932 was the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/02/2014 - 7:00am -

Law & Order: 1932

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 - 12:44pm -

Sidesaddle: 1929

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 - 6:28pm -

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 - 3:50pm -

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 - 3:34pm -

Cycle Cops: 1918

No Parking: 1906
... It's over by the curb to the right of the kid on the bike. +102 (Memphis) Below is the same view (looking west on Madison ... some massive perception problems? The kid on the bike Seems to be the only one who knows his picture is being taken. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2012 - 11:45am -

No Parking: 1906

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 - 11:49am -

Future Biker: 1935

Pittsburgh: 1940
... well as unusual challenges for pedestrians, joggers, the bike police, and especially pizza delivery. . . ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/03/2012 - 1:42pm -

Pittsburgh: 1940

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 - 3:03am -

Media Conglomerate: 1907

Playtime: 1943
... Additionally, I knew my neighbors and was allowed to bike all over the town. Now I live in an urban center where I still walk to ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/13/2011 - 2:17pm -

Playtime: 1943

Nighthawk: 1943
... with an office girlfriend, and going to dances or on long bike rides around San Diego on their one day off. She was 18 and shy and had ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/17/2012 - 10:24pm -

Nighthawk: 1943

Inaugural Umbrellas: 1901
... the same font for its masthead. America's Choice Bike Shop Anyone have any idea what the name of the bike shop with the awning is? I would love to know if there was once a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/13/2011 - 12:22pm -

Inaugural Umbrellas: 1901

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 - 3:30pm -

Tyres & Fittings: 1910

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 - 8:57pm -

Law and Order: 1918

Shop Early for Xmas: 1922
... 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 - 11/06/2015 - 12:35am -

Shop Early for Xmas: 1922

American National: 1918
... look like that. Sidewalk sidecar Check out the bike with the cargo sidecar in front of the bank! And what are those brass cans ... took it with him while he was shopping. Motor Bike I'll be. It looks like a Smith Motor Wheel. They were usually mounted ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/23/2012 - 5:35pm -

American National: 1918

Dune Buggy: 1926
... "streetcars." Had to be careful of the groove. Schwinn bike tires could drop in and jam up. I had a Murray Ohio which had fatter ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/08/2017 - 8:57am -

Dune Buggy: 1926

Little Red Wagons: 1965
... taken. I think it has a lot to do with the sidewalks, "bike" ramps at the corners and, unfortunately, no trees. Not gorgeous, but ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 06/24/2009 - 4:53pm -

Little Red Wagons: 1965

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 - 10:25am -

D-Day: New York

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 - 4:32pm -

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. (The ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 3:44pm -

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 - 3:38pm -

Lake Worth: 1908

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 - 11:51am -

Motorcycle Mama: 1937

Harley-Davidson: 1925
... to work. I want me a Harley-Davidson fifteen speed road bike! [Actually they would pedal to work and peddle at work. - Dave] ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/06/2013 - 11:56am -

Harley-Davidson: 1925

Young Granddad: 1963
... the fence and he reached over while passing by on his bike to pull off a leaf. Zzzziiippp. Several hours and a spools worth of ... 
 
Posted by Tony W. - 09/17/2011 - 8:08pm -

Young Granddad: 1963

Brooklyn Wading Pool: 1942
... 80's it was still there minus the water. I used to ride my bike in that space. It's now filled in and part of quickly disappearing history ... each Saturday from 11 to about 4. I learned to ride a bike at Coffey Park, was mugged there, skated and went to see the Yo-yo man ... 
 
Posted by Ken - 09/08/2011 - 6:48pm -

Brooklyn Wading Pool: 1942

Mobile Newsboy: 1914
... taught me was not to be a paperboy. I ran my route on my bike between May and August of 1964 and delivered every day to about 90 homes ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/15/2011 - 1:20pm -

Mobile Newsboy: 1914

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 - 3:35pm -

Provincetown Summer: 1937

Green Detroit: 1942
... Avenue actually looks. Nowadays, if you try riding your bike on it you're certainly taking your life into your hands. Home Sweet ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/30/2012 - 10:52am -

Green Detroit: 1942
 
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