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Adult Swim: 1942
... as ball game with UFO in background, boy and girl with bikes lying on grass and two girl swimmers. East Potomac Park Yes, thank ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/21/2013 - 8:02pm -

Adult Swim: 1942

The Rat Patrol: 1973
... they managed to keep upright! As for helmets, we rode bikes, skateboards and mini-bikes without helmets because nobody did. I don't remember when the helmet ... 
 
Posted by AmericanJarhead - 09/12/2011 - 7:55pm -

The Rat Patrol: 1973

ADT Messengers: 1908
... supporting the hanging sign. No Fenders On those bikes. Trust me: you will get very wet on a street with any amount of water. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 6:02pm -

ADT Messengers: 1908

All Nite: 1941
... "J. C. Higgins" sometime after WW II. Elgin-labelled bikes were manufactured by Columbia Westfield Mfg, and I've read that there was ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:30pm -

All Nite: 1941

Sidesaddle: 1929
... I saw that spring under her. The back side of these early bikes usually had no suspension. The modern Excelsior plant was just ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/06/2013 - 2:44pm -

Sidesaddle: 1929

Rabbiteers: 1954
... located up on Balltown Rd.) Also, we used to ride our bikes to go swimming at Grout Park, adjacent to that school. Thank you, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/05/2012 - 9:06pm -

Rabbiteers: 1954

Bicycles, Cadillacs: 1910
... October 2009 General Store? Ah yes, autos, bikes and... funnels? I guess fueling up could be quite the adventure in those ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/06/2013 - 1:58pm -

Bicycles, Cadillacs: 1910

Inflationary Pressure: 1936
... than this kid. I have lived in the far east and have seen bikes like this carry 3-4 people and very, very other heavy cumbersome loads ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:39pm -

Inflationary Pressure: 1936

Percy Neville: 1913
... angle. When you see bars dropped down really low, the bikes were called "scorchers" -- really popular before WWI (possibly later ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 6:11pm -

Percy Neville: 1913

Postal Boys: 1911
... the center bike with the auto horn and spring seat, these bikes look like they had earlier been board track racers. Bare bones frame ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:59pm -

Postal Boys: 1911

Sk8r Dude: 1921
... View full size. Cool I like the look of those rad bikes. The Herb and Joe Show I keep coming back to these photos of Herb ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 6:10pm -

Sk8r Dude: 1921

Eastman Kodak: 1905
... in these photos. The fellow leaning out the window. The bikes left at the curb. RIP Kodachrome I assume that Shorpy readers ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2012 - 1:55pm -

Eastman Kodak: 1905

Momma: 1964
... on the iron range of northern Minnesota. We kids rode our bikes through the ore residue, and ran races through the dust, and thought ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/05/2010 - 8:28pm -

Momma: 1964

Boody House: 1900
... first paved roads and first road maps were designed with bikes in mind. Boody Facts "A Toledo landmark for fifty-five years, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2012 - 10:18pm -

Boody House: 1900

Burro Drawer: 1912
... in places like Africa and Mexico. The Tote Goat trail bikes got their name from these sure-footed ancestors. Leggings! The ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/13/2011 - 1:49pm -

Burro Drawer: 1912

The New Olds: 1919
... cookie sheet under it to catch the oil drips. Old British bikes had the endearing habit of leaving puddles of oil wherever they were ... a Commando and an Atlas, and the comment "Old British bikes had the endearing habit of leaving puddles of oil" reminds me of the old ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/11/2011 - 9:24pm -

The New Olds: 1919

American National: 1918
... right. The more recent Schwinn Heavy Duty or the Worksman bikes look like that. Sidewalk sidecar Check out the bike with the cargo ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/23/2012 - 7:35pm -

American National: 1918

On the Grid: 1939
... looked like as a baby! D.C. Traffic There are bikes in the middle of the street. And a traffic cop, remember those? ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/09/2011 - 1:06pm -

On the Grid: 1939

Bureaucrat in Autumn: 1942
... days people sometimes block them off with a gate and store bikes etc in them. In the north of England there is often a back street as well ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/31/2012 - 4:50pm -

Bureaucrat in Autumn: 1942

Crossings: 1908
... at 5 a.m. Ah, the days before angry hipsters on their bikes with whistles blowing at tourists trying to enjoy the skyline. Free ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2012 - 9:15pm -

Crossings: 1908

Cool bike
... lawns in the neighborhood so we could 'customize' our bikes with sissy bars, bananna seats, battery operated headlamps and horns, ... 
 
Posted by Gman77 - 05/05/2009 - 8:07pm -

Cool bike

Cruisin' 1968
... kill before my parents were ready to leave. We'd ride our bikes in the street in front of our house, play catch (either baseball or ... 
 
Posted by bhappel - 09/13/2011 - 3:38pm -

Cruisin' 1968

Garage X: 1946
... the little cubbyholes for outdoor toys, sports equipment, bikes, etc. that can be reached without having to go into the garage. That is a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/03/2008 - 11:40pm -

Garage X: 1946

On the Street Where You Live: 1900
... park's fountain is sadly no more. Nice rack For bikes! Fast Shade Any idea of the address? I'd like to find out when ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/15/2012 - 4:39pm -

On the Street Where You Live: 1900

Speed Demon: 1938
... motorcycle show two weeks ago in Phoenix. One of the bikes on display was an old Indian that was well decorated over the years by ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/28/2008 - 3:08pm -

Speed Demon: 1938

Bricks and Mortar: 1901
... seems to be expanding. And for you cyclists: Please, no bikes on the railroad right-of-way. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/20/2012 - 12:56pm -

Bricks and Mortar: 1901

Hudson Ohio 30's
Known as the Velocipede, these bikes were used on the railroad for track inspectors and many other employees. ... 
 
Posted by Agent 47 - 05/17/2007 - 1:07am -

Hudson Ohio 30's

The Sidney Ohio Cycling Club circa 1900
... to get into the picture. Also there are 19 riders and 20 bikes which suggests the photographer was one of the group. The original ... 
 
Posted by Karlheck - 07/09/2009 - 7:38pm -

The Sidney Ohio Cycling Club circa 1900
 
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