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King Midget: 1956

King Midget: 1956

Chicagoland circa 1956. "Peanut man at Havva Hosiery Mills." Piloting (pedaling?) a one-cylinder King Midget. 4x5 inch acetate negative. View full size.

 

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Alabama?

The only Havva manufacturing plant I could turn up was in Phenix City, AL rather than Illinois. Phenix is just across the river from Columbus, GA--any connection in your file photos collection (current Tappan photo is Columbus, GA)?

Trivia

The Havva Hosier Mills trademark was established in 1952 by Shalom Joseph, an Iranian businessman with offices in the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. It appears that Havva was his wife's name.

And no blades to sharpen!

When I was teenager growing up in Dallas in the '70s, one of our neighbors down the street, a Dallas Police sergeant, commuted to work in a King Midget, in white, with a white convertible top. It sounded like a riding lawn mower, and I always knew when he was coming home, late in the afternoon. I'd run to the window just to watch the thing go by.

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