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Take a Letter: 1920
... at. In 1920 You didn't have to lock up your bike in DC. Competent Secretaries Both of the following are 1920 ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 3:56pm -

Take a Letter: 1920

My Eldon Christmas: 1964
... withdrew the funds. Getting the thing home balanced on my bike was a bit of a chore, but I had a paper carrier which made it easier. ... 
 
Posted by Vintagetvs - 09/18/2011 - 11:04pm -

My Eldon Christmas: 1964

Going Nowhere: 1930
... Ridge Mountains. Today, its right-of-way is a much-used bike path that stretches from the west end of Alexandria west, passing through ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/22/2012 - 6:43pm -

Going Nowhere: 1930

Proviso Departure: 1943
... through the East end of Proviso Yard. It was a very short bike ride in those days. The bridge in the background appears to be the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/30/2012 - 10:04pm -

Proviso Departure: 1943

Rolling Roadblock: 1953
... It's a beautiful ride in fall, particularly on a bike. Much of the time the Mississippi and its traffic is visible as well. ... 
 
Posted by mpcdsp - 10/12/2013 - 5:22pm -

Rolling Roadblock: 1953

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 - 8:06pm -

Cowboy Tricycle: 1963

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 - 1:23pm -

Rover Boys: 1900

Bridges of Pittsburgh: 1905
... are now home of Pittsburgh University. And there's a great bike trail where those rail cars and the mill once sat. This is all less than a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/28/2012 - 4:55pm -

Bridges of Pittsburgh: 1905

Washington Flyer: 1921
... I wonder what these guys would make of humble, daring "bike trials" rider Danny MacAskill? If only.... If ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 4:09pm -

Washington Flyer: 1921

Postal Boys: 1911
... was taken, they weren't ubiquitous yet, but the second bike from the right does appear to have some kind of band on the left rear ... arm... recycled board racers? Except for the center bike with the auto horn and spring seat, these bikes look like they had earlier ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 3:59pm -

Postal Boys: 1911

Look, Ma: 1921
... of someone's fingers intertwined within the spokes of a bike must be the visual equivalent of nails on a chalkboard because this photo, ... they made buckets of money and had tons of fun with their bike tricks. Fixee That's one heckuva track stand! Sprockets Yes, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 4:06pm -

Look, Ma: 1921

Dirt Track Daredevils: 1912
... Bikes in the Blood My grandfather was a bike racer. He rode in what we called a "motorcycle scramble" on a dirt track ... to this one. I remember watching him work on his bike when I was very young (50-plus years ago now). Although I never was ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/09/2015 - 12:59pm -

Dirt Track Daredevils: 1912

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 - 07/08/2014 - 12:36pm -

Petite Visite à Grosse Ile: 1900

Harlem River: 1890
... now and they are refitting it for a linear park and bike path. It should be open by 2009. Historic slide show of the Harlem ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/20/2012 - 1:33pm -

Harlem River: 1890

Hell Gate: 1915
... View full size. I remember this bridge! I used to bike out on Ward's Island & sit next to the base of this bridge! It brings ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/01/2012 - 5:34pm -

Hell Gate: 1915

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 - 09/13/2011 - 10:52pm -

Marines vs. Army: 1924

Attention Honeymooners: 1939
... golf course. Oh, and attempting to ride the messenger's bike down the toboggan run. I'm sure my parents found other attractions to the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/14/2013 - 8:46am -

Attention Honeymooners: 1939

White Castle: 1910
... parked that way today, and one is right next to an unused bike rack on the sidewalk. Hometown Bias I wonder if they only had an ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/17/2013 - 11:44am -

White Castle: 1910

Motor Maid: 1962
... on things. She's wearing pretty good riding gear, and the bike appears to be a dressed Harley-Davidson Big Twin, near as I can tell; not ... no Darth Vader, full coverage, DOT approved helmets. The bike is a Harley Davidson, probably a Big Twin, 74 cubic inch model. There were ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/03/2013 - 10:40am -

Motor Maid: 1962

Daytona Beach: 1910
... NASCAR scout I think that's Bill France Sr. on the bike looking for a place to race stock cars. The Ridgewood Based on the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/29/2012 - 6:15pm -

Daytona Beach: 1910

Johns Hopkins: 1903
... Monument was a favorite destination when we felt like a bike ride. The main attraction was a great view of our town and the cost ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/19/2012 - 12:57pm -

Johns Hopkins: 1903

Penn Varsity: 1914
... dates back to 1874, invented by the good people at Bike: http://www.bikeathletic.com/History.aspx Support From ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/29/2012 - 6:28pm -

Penn Varsity: 1914

Little Creek: 1938
... Fender, Batman! The holes in the rear fender of the bike were used to thread heavy string or twine to create a guard to keep a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 3:39pm -

Little Creek: 1938

Open for Business: 1908
... Slice of Life What great characters! Dapper guy on bike right, man with big cigar behind him. White shirt clerks on left, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/29/2015 - 9:02am -

Open for Business: 1908

Candy Kitchen: 1908
... full size. Handlesbar Net I like the net on the bike, and note correct usage: two handles, one bar. [Kind of like ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 4:09pm -

Candy Kitchen: 1908

Up Worthy: 1910
... can hold a finger in front of your ear if you're riding a bike or in a convertible, and the wind noise will decrease dramatically. As ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/23/2014 - 7:11pm -

Up Worthy: 1910

Bicycle Queen: 1959
... Annette: going to a soda shop, or the movies, or even a bike ride. She was the sweetheart of my pre-teen years! One Classy Lady ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/01/2014 - 5:01pm -

Bicycle Queen: 1959

Inflationary Pressure: 1936
... in Korea many years ago. Horsefeathers I had a bike like this in the 40s and I was a lot scrawnier than this kid. I have lived ... internet. Ouch My first thought .... riding the bike barefoot seems like it would've really been painful on his tootsies. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 3:39pm -

Inflationary Pressure: 1936

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 - 3:58pm -

Boss Hog: 1920

The Barber of Poughkeepsie: 1904
... from this photo. I had no idea you could park a bike at a curb without using a kickstand. Po'town All these ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/11/2014 - 10:15am -

The Barber of Poughkeepsie: 1904
 
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