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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

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

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

The Case of the Dented Dodge
... and another vehicular misadventure, this time starring the bike that couldn't quite dodge a Dodge. Cameos by two Cadillacs. View full ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/08/2016 - 9:01pm -

The Case of the Dented Dodge

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

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

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

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

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

Drop-In Guest: 1958
... officers. Mom used to tell us "Don't leave your bike lying in the front yard when you're done riding it." Is Wallace Home? ... with rear brake locked - probably no front brake on that bike. Front tire hits step (leftmost scuff mark). Rear hits step (chipped ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/16/2015 - 8:29pm -

Drop-In Guest: 1958

Tall Beer: 1900
... this era, bicycles stand upright next to curbs (obviously, bike thieves were rare in those days). None are ever seen as having fallen ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/24/2015 - 12:52pm -

Tall Beer: 1900

Jeff Miller: 1913
... school. I hope he got his life turned around. He and that bike are both too thin. [Hine's point is that it's especially bad for a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 4:11pm -

Jeff Miller: 1913

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

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

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

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

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

Pan-American: 1935
... as it doesn't flex under side forces. Otherwise the bike goes unstable. The front bag looks bad in this regard unless it's all ... front basket I had on my one speed J.C. Higgins nerd bike when I was a kid so I could deliver papers. It had so much weight ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/18/2015 - 7:32pm -

Pan-American: 1935

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

Festival of Gas: 1965
... forgot about them, and by the time I rode home on my bike and discovered them, they were burned beyond recognition. The grill ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/30/2015 - 1:15pm -

Festival of Gas: 1965

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

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 - 11:51am -

Dallas Noir: 1942

Junior Driver: 1949
A Schwinn bike and its garage-mates circa 1949, from a set of 35mm Kodachromes I acquired ... not carbon fiber composite and Shimano parts. That bike looks as heavy as a tank too. I think when cars hit these the cars got damaged NOT the bike. Trunk Trim The trim on the Pontiac, the car on the right, ... 
 
Posted by historic52 - 12/08/2012 - 5:25pm -

Junior Driver: 1949

Board Track: 1925
... discovered he couldn't remove his foot from the peg of his bike and found that a large splinter had pierced the leather of his boot and wedged itself between parts of the bike. Fortunately it somehow missed his foot. It was all insanely dangerous ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/04/2012 - 4:56pm -

Board Track: 1925

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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