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Bicycle Queen: 1959

Bicycle Queen: 1959

March 20, 1959. "Sixteen-year-old actress Annette Funicello, Bicycle Queen of 1959." New York World-Telegram and Sun Photo Collection. View full size.


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My First Heart Throb

Annette was my 1st dream girl. All the young boys watched her on the Mickey Mouse Club dreamed about her.

Though lovely in 1959-

She truly blossomed in the styles and fashions of 1960s on the golden California beaches, and her films from that era will always be a treat, particularly to those of us of who initially saw them as teenagers.

She Gets Around a Lot

Annette's posed in front of the guard shack at the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank facing South Buena Vista Street.

My First "Crush"

First of all: Thanks! BIG MIKE for saying it all; you put my very thoughts into words. Well Said!

In 1959, I was 11 years old, and Annette, at 16 was the "older woman" in my life. I wonder how many of "us of a certain age" remember how we dreamed of a date with Annette: going to a soda shop, or the movies, or even a bike ride.

She was the sweetheart of my pre-teen years!

Bicycle Queen of 1959

And queen of my heart forever.

A Starlet

Ironically enough it seems she's riding the Schwinn "Starlet" model.
See: The 1959 Schwinn Catalog online

One Classy Lady

Those of us of a certain age grew up with Annette on the Mickey Mouse Club and her later ventures into music and films and remember her well. A beautiful young lady and woman who I'm sure passed up many offers from the Men's magazines of the day for a bit more. She remained a classy and courageous lady 'til the end and is a fond memory for all of us.

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