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1953 USA National Track Championships Souvenir Program
Item# 1953USA Natl`s Trk [1953USA NatlTrk-a]
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AVAILABLE TO SELL, I HAVE A DUPLICATE! This is the 36-page Souvenir Program for the 1953 USA National track Championships which were held in St. Louis, Missouri. The Program was published by the Amateur Bicycle League of America (ABL of A). The front cover cyclist is Steve Hromjak of Cleveland Ohio, winner of the Senior Division at the 1952 National`s which were held in New Brunswick, N.J. The dimensions are 8 1/2 x 11 inches. This Program is full of names & pictures of people who are interested in and support and/or race bicycles. See the picture gallery.

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Page-2, an advert for Bendix Coaster Brakes by the Eclipse Machine Division of Bendix Aviation Corp.

 


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Page-3, a Salute letter to Amateur Bike Racing from the Bicycle institute of America (BIA) signed by John Auerbach, Executive Secretary.


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Page-4, containing pictures of Chester Nelsen Sr., George L. Thorpe, Walter Bresnan & John Mesch, all of whom are officers of the Amateur Bicycle League of America (ABL of A). Also mentioned are other officers & directors including; Louis Maltese, Fred Kugler, Don Gill, Vernon H. Barnes, Harry Berz, Otto Eisele, John Eisenmann, Emil E. Fraysse, Eugene Portuesi, Jack Simes, Bob Zumwalt and several others.


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Page-5 with a photo of (L-R) Leon A. Campbell, John Chiselko, John Auerbach, Steve Hromjak, Jeanne Robinson, and Otto Eisele.


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Page-6 with a photo of John Chiselko, 1953 National Junior Champion and 1935 B.A.R. points leader to date. There are a bunch of famous names mentioned on this page including; Gus Gatto, Bob Pfarr, Bob Hudson, Ted Ernst Jr., Bob Tetzlaff (as a Junior), and many others (I will try to come back and list all of the names when time permits). The 1953 ABL of A State Representatives are listed and include; Irwin Hayutin, Colorado (Howie's long time friend), Bob Zumwalt, So-California, George Bergna, No-California, Peter Shubert, HI, Clyde Nitz, Maryland, Don Gill, Wisconsin, and many others.


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Page-7, an article by John Auerbach, Executive Secretary of the B.I.A. (Bicycle Institute of America). John held this position and capably led the B.I.A. for many years.


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Page-8 B.A.R. COMPETITION, Bicycle racing Stars of the Nineteenth Century. Named are more than 30 competitors including; Arthur Lauf, Carl Anderson, Jack Heid, Wendell Rollins, Al Broadhurst, Steve Hromjak, Dick Cortright, Francois Mertens, John Chiselko, Leon Volterre, Allen Bell, Don Tokash, Jack Hartman, Otto Eisele Jr, and many others.


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Page-9, an advert for U.S. Royal Bicycle Tires produced by the United States Rubber Co,


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Page-10 with a photo of Edward Merkner of Chicago, the 1925 USA National Champion. Also mentioned are; Walter Bresnan, Charlie Winters, Henry Bruhn, Alvin Drysdale, Hiram Everts, R.J. O'Connor, Lawrence Golden of Colorado, Geary May, William Unkert, Jackie Simes, Charlie Morton, Buster Logan, Cecil Hursey, David Martin, Albin Jurca, Ray Jones, Charles Thomas, Gene Potente, Lucien Musso, Dolores Burle, Lou Porterfield, and Florence Freihaut.


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Page-11 with pictures of Jeanne Robinson, Jackie Simes Sr., Dolores Burle & David Martin. There are als two adverts; (1) John F. Kucharik maker of jerseys, shorts, tire covers & supplier of shoes, gloves & emblems, and (2) Henry Kloss, official photographer of the A.B.L. of A.


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Page-12, an advert for Chicago Cycle Supply Co, one of the nations greatest distributors of bicycles & bike supplies to retail bike shop. Mentioned are H.P. 'Jack' Hansen, Mary Sullivan & Henry G. Samuelson.

 


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Page-13, an advert for Shelby Brand Bicycles by the Shelby Cycle Co of Shelby, Ohio.


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Page-14, an advert for AMF Roadmaster Lightweight Bicycles (including the model WHIPPET) produced by the Cleveland Welding Co.


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Page-15 with adverts for; (1) The Spartan Cycling Club of Detroit, (2) Edgewood Wheelmen Inc of Indianapolis, IN, (3) American Bicyclist and Motorcyclist Magazine, and (4) John Eisenmann of New York, seller of Durkopp & Sieber brand bicycles.

 


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Page-16, an advert for Guaranty Cycle Co of St. Louis, MO, one of the major distributors to the IBD trade in America.


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Page-17, A listing of Past National Amateur Bicycle Champions for the years of 1921 through 1952 and the location (city & state) where the National Championships were held. There are many very famous names from the USA bicycle racing community & some who were not so famous, but champions never the less.


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Page-18, listing the names of the Officials and volunteers who attended the 1953 event and were responsible for the smooth organization. The list includes the WHO's WHO involved in bike racing at the time.


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Page-19, a list of the Program of Events, General Instructions-Rules, and mentioning the names of the many volunteers who donated their time, energy & expertise to make the National Championship Convention & St Louis Championship Convention successful.


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Page-20 listing the names of the contestants & their states.


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Page-21 a continuation of the listing of names of the contestants & their states.


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Page-22, adverts for (1) Torrington Co pedals, produced for 55 successive years, & (2) The Cleveland Wheelmen (with the members names written within the advert).


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Page-23 with adverts for; (1) The St. Louis Bicycle Racing Association, (2) The St. Louis Cycling Club & the Ladies Auxiliary of the St. Louis Cycling Club.


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Page-24 with adverts from Clayton Cycle Co of St. Louis & Gildo Cycles of New York. Also an article by Jack Heid titled MODERN EUROPEAN TRAINING METHODS.


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Page-25, adverts from; (1) Bill Quinn's Bicycle Journal magazine (Bob Craft was editor at the time), (2) Edward Lynch & Son Cycle Shop of Comptom, CA & Julius Levenson Inc., teh Schwinn Factory Representative for New York.


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Page-26 with adverts from ; (1) The San Diego Cycle Club mentioning Mike Backer, Skippy Hess, Phil Rimoldi (I think Jerry's father), and Bob Zumwalt Sr., (2) Crebs Cycle Club, (3) Italian Cycling Club of Los Angeles, (4) Austin Cycle Club of Chicago, (5) Wolverine Wheelmen of Detroit, (6) The Norwood Park Wheelmen (I think of Chicago), and (7) the San Jose Bicycle Club of Los Altos, CA.


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Page-28 with adverts from; (1) Franklin Bicycle Club of Columbus, OH, (2) Ohio Bicycle Association of Columbus, OH, (3) Hartford Cycle Club of Rocky Hills, CT, (4) Kenosha Wheelmen of Kenosha, WI, (5) Century Road Club of America (CRCA) of Ridgefield Park, NJ listing several famous names in the cycle racing community including Emil E. Fraysse. Also included are two IN MEMORY announcements for Lew Heit from Otto Eisele, Joe Colla, & Chester Nelsen Sr.


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Page-29 with adverts from; (1) Persons-Majestic Mfg Co of Worcester, MA, (2) Williams Steel Wheel & Rim Co of New York, (3) Cycling News Publication of Kenosha, WI, (4) Guarantee Bicycle Co of St. Louis, MO, (5) The Huffman Mfg Co of Dayton, OH (with best wishes from Huffy), and an IN MEMORY announcement for Lew Heit from Otto Eisele & E.C. Bendi, both of NY.


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Page-30 with adverts from; (1) The Eastern Cycling Federation, (2) The Gotham Cyclists of NY, (3) The New York Cycle Club, (4) The Century Road Club Association (CRCA), (5) The Bay View Wheelmen of NJ, (6) The Acme Wheelmen of New York, (7) The German Bicycle Sport Club of NY & The French Sporting Club of NY.


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Page-31, an advert from the Cycle Parts Accessories Association which was an association of USA manufacturers or parts & accessories for bicycles. The many names are mentioned.


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Page-32 with adverts from; (1) Unione Sportiva Italiana of NY, (2) Otto C. Ling & Son of NY, distributor of Rudge brand bicycles and other bicycle products, & (3) Michael C. Fina Co of NY, supplier of trophies & medals.


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Page-33, an advert for Columbia Built Bicycles by The Westfield Mfg Co of Westfield, MA


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Page-34, an advert for Diamond Bicycle Chains from Indianapolis, IN


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Page-35, an advert for teh Wald Mfg Co of Maysville, KY, maker of many quality & useful products for the bicycle industry.


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Page-36, an advert for Schwinn, showing the track Paramount.

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