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Chautauqua: 1890s
... lake has a beach with sand, there are numerous trails and bike paths but it is indeed a built up community of homes. Performers worked in ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/06/2009 - 1:01pm -

Chautauqua: 1890s

Cowboy Tricycle: 1963
... Dad on a trike? There is the picture of your brother on a bike that says 1968. Love all the photographs you post. [You are ... 
 
Posted by Tony W. - 09/17/2011 - 10:06pm -

Cowboy Tricycle: 1963

Pony Boys: 1905
... was the 1905 equivalent of having your Jet Ski or Dirt Bike at the Shore. Messy Beaches As if the beaches are not clean ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2012 - 8:56pm -

Pony Boys: 1905

The Biker & The Cowboy: 1966
... got for Christmas 1965. A little research I did shows that bike was $39.88 new (About $289 today). The "engine" in the middle was an ... 
 
Posted by Hey Mark - 03/30/2012 - 11:47pm -

The Biker & The Cowboy: 1966

Dueling Big Wheels: 1968
... brothers big wheel to the sissy bar of his Stingray bike. Together they sped around the neighborhood taunting other kids to the ... 
 
Posted by Kilroy - 12/21/2012 - 9:57pm -

Dueling Big Wheels: 1968

NuGrape: 1924
... A friend of mine bought some solid tires for his 10-speed bike back around 1980. That was a rough ride. The cross-drilled tires on ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/09/2012 - 9:45am -

NuGrape: 1924

Marines vs. Army: 1924
... "Fast Electric Trains" of the WB&A gave way to a nifty bike trail. http://www.wmata.com/rail/maps/map.cfm Cameras It's ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/14/2011 - 12:52am -

Marines vs. Army: 1924

Petite Visite à Grosse Ile: 1900
... Channel into the Wayne County Bridge for use by vehicular, bike and pedestrian traffic. The rail tracks across the island were replaced by ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/14/2011 - 7:31pm -

Petite Visite à Grosse Ile: 1900

Strange Leaf: 1908
... to West 208th. The stretch from Dyckman to 155th is now a bike trail. - Dave] Strange Leaf Strange Leaf ran in a trotters ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/19/2012 - 5:44pm -

Strange Leaf: 1908

Welcome To Florida: 1963
... sister and her husband were also on the trip and the other bike in the photo belonged to them. They were riding from Birmingham, Alabama ... 
 
Posted by Retrophile - 12/21/2012 - 9:55pm -

Welcome To Florida: 1963

Detroit during 1967 Riots
... passenger train. Had just turned 12. Remember riding a bike down a street and being passed by a tank. Interesting times. Saw a lot ... 
 
Posted by brianvnt90 - 08/17/2012 - 10:12pm -

Detroit during 1967 Riots

Bricks and Mortar: 1901
... the tracks that didn't have the raised crossties that the bike tires had to bump over. I remember hiking over them, and if your stride ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/20/2012 - 12:56pm -

Bricks and Mortar: 1901

Easy Rider: 1966
... cap riding with my friend Robert. He taught me to ride a bike after getting tired of hauling me around like this. One day he got off the bike and gave me a push and I was solo for the first time! Next-door neighbor ... 
 
Posted by Cerrito68 - 10/05/2012 - 10:45pm -

Easy Rider: 1966

Sunday at the Park
... skinned knee needed several stitches. I had skidded off my bike on an evening ride with my friends and I walked the bike back home. I kind of remember going to the local clinic and getting sewed ... 
 
Posted by Mvsman - 12/19/2011 - 12:25pm -

Sunday at the Park

Speed Demon: 1938
... and of the same period as the Russell Lee photo. The bike also had many travel decals on the windscreen, most from the South. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/28/2008 - 3:08pm -

Speed Demon: 1938

Schwinn Sting Ray: May, 1965
... Sting Ray like that. I also had the "slick" rear tire, and bike lock too. No basket,but I did move up to a tall "sissy bar" on mine. Must ... 
 
Posted by Vintagetvs - 09/19/2011 - 1:07am -

Schwinn Sting Ray: May, 1965

Youth Council: 1942
... two cities have contiguous borders. Back then, I rode my bike through a mile or two of country land between my house and the Fair. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/09/2011 - 1:05pm -

Youth Council: 1942

The Dawn of Video Games: 1976
... the peg board in the garage. I knocked it down getting my bike out one day and it fell on the hood of my mom's car. Suprisingly, I didn't ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 06/24/2009 - 7:01pm -

The Dawn of Video Games: 1976

Star Newsie: 1972
... colored socks and black canvas tennis shoes. Never had a bike till I was a teen though, I delivered my papers on foot! (ShorpyBlog, ... 
 
Posted by delworthio - 09/22/2011 - 9:56pm -

Star Newsie: 1972

Rice Rocket: 1938
... Did they double as a canteen for long rides? My sister's bike has a "tank" of sorts, only the top/front end of it has 2 small lights in ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/03/2008 - 6:53pm -

Rice Rocket: 1938

Indians... Back to the Future
... American Indian. There are three of them and only one bike so I don't think they are not going to get very far. And there were cars ... 
 
Posted by Phadrus - 07/12/2011 - 9:36pm -

Indians... Back to the Future

Lemonade Stand: c. 1969
... kid came by to buy our stuff who had a banana seat on her bike. I got one later on. We spent all summer barefoot. View full size. ... 
 
Posted by LikeItorLumpIt - 12/13/2011 - 1:19pm -

Lemonade Stand: c. 1969

Wartime Sweethearts
... anyway, she was quite young. She used to go out on her bike into the country, and she used to get food and smuggle it back into ... 
 
Posted by Quiet Mike - 12/16/2011 - 6:53pm -

Wartime Sweethearts

Great Grandpa and Brother Pete: c. 1930s
That's my great grandpa riding the bike and his little brother Pete on the handlebars. This is probably the early ... 
 
Posted by Tony W. - 09/17/2011 - 10:12pm -

Great Grandpa and Brother Pete: c. 1930s

Triumph: 1946
Early 1950s bike culture in Sydney, Australia. View full size (ShorpyBlog, Member ... 
 
Posted by KJ - 10/14/2011 - 10:22am -

Triumph: 1946

San Francisco Peace Rally: c. 1970s
... 1000cc in the CHiPs Kawasakis KZs. A respectable off-road bike for a grown adult displaces at least 250cc.) (ShorpyBlog, Member ... 
 
Posted by JimMac - 12/09/2010 - 6:18pm -

San Francisco Peace Rally: c. 1970s

Old Bicycle with dropped handlebars
Kid on an old bike (and it looks like it was old then) that looks very uncomfortable. But ... 
 
Posted by Vintagetvs - 12/20/2010 - 1:48pm -

Old Bicycle with dropped handlebars

Huck and Friends: 1960
... My sister Althea Racca and our brothers Faron Racca (bike) and James Racca (Huckleberry Hound). A Faint Memory in Time ... 
 
Posted by lraccajr - 07/12/2008 - 2:44pm -

Huck and Friends: 1960

Triumph Motorbike: c. 1930s
... manager of Bonnyrigg Gasworks in Midlothian, Scotland. The bike has been identified as a Triumph model W 277 cc from 1927. Photo probably ... 
 
Posted by neverslim - 01/19/2011 - 11:47am -

Triumph Motorbike: c. 1930s

Triumph: c. 1930s
... strangely enough my wife can't recall his first name. The bike has been identified as a 1927 Model W Triumph. The photo was probably ... 
 
Posted by neverslim - 01/14/2011 - 1:06pm -

Triumph: c. 1930s
 
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