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1939 August, AMERICAN BICYCLIST and MOTORCYCLIST Vol. 60, No. 8 (see the picture gallery)
Item# AmBicyclist1939-08 [AmBicyclist1939-08]
Categories: Magazines&Periodicals-Contemporary, American Bicyclist & Motorcyclist,
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The American Bicyclist and Motorcyclist magazine is a consolidation of several prior publications that were acquired and/or merged through the years. Ultimately, David Meyers purchased the publication and renamed it The American Bicyclist and Motorcyclist. David`s wife, Florence and son Stu were both active in the business. This issue has 43 pages and is full of editorial and advertisements that chronical the bicycle industry for the period. Howie`s family & Stu Meyers worked closely together for many years. Stu sold the publication which subsequently stopped publishing. Stu passed away in later years, may God rest his soul. I couldn`t resist scanning 21 of the pages from this issue because they are so nostalgic (see the picture gallery). The dimensions are 9 x 12 inches. I am posting this issue in both the Contemporary and Antique categories.

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Page 2 an ad for Stewart Warner Speedometers

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Page 3 an ad for Fist Tires. Their logo and tag line were famous in the day; 'TIME TO RE-TIRE'

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Page 4, the masthead of the magazine and a list of advertisers in this issue

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Page 5, an ad for the Huffman model 50 bicycle

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Page 6, an ad for Goodyear Tires

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Page 8, an ad for Mercury Bicycles produced by The Murray Ohio Mfg. Co. of Cleveland, Ohio. This was the beginning of the period when bike designers included automobile designs in bicycles. The picture is printed sideways to enable me to show a larger image.

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Page 9, an ad for Gillette Tires & Tubes. The facility was in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Notice the mention & image of the Puncture-Resistant tube and the fact that they supplied tires of all Juvenile Wheel Toys.

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Page 12, an abundance of information about track racing and track facilities. The caption under the photo is; 'A group of riders working out before the opening meet on the New Board Track in Victoria, B.C., June-29th. Front row right to left: Gordy Bell, C.Rusty Peden, Doug Peden. Second row: Gar Warren, Murray Patrick, Lew Rush, behind Warren, Elwyn Perkins. Third row: Neil Duval, Pat Houle, W.Torchy Peden, Bev Peden following Houle. These include some very famous names in cycle racing! The article mentions tracks in many large & small cities

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Page 13, a continuation of the article on page-12 and HOW TO BUILD A BICYCLE TRACK instructions and illustration.

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Page 14, a continuation of the article on page-12 plus HOW ST. LOUIS CYCLISTS OBTAINED A MUNICIPAL BICYCLE TRACK.

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Page 19, an ad for Delta Lites. Notice the automotive designs.

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Page 21, a published letter dated July 15, 1939 from P.W.Breene, president of Breene-taylor Engineering Corp., the makers of WHIZZER MOTORS.

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Page 22, an ad for Sshelby Speedline Bicycles. Notice that they had a facility in Los Angeles. Howie's family bicycle business was located just 3-blocks away from the facility.

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Page 23, editorial about cycling; The League of American Wheelmen News and A.B.L. of A. (Amature Bicycle League of America) racing news. some very famous racing names are mentioned; Nieminsky, Hambacher, Barclay, Winter, Merkner, Walthour, Connor, Matteini, Thomas, Hursey, Simes, Bergna and Jurca.

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Page 27, ads from Columbia (Westfield Mfg. Co., and Diamond Chains. the Diamond Chain ad includes Walter Nilsson, a famous trick rider of the day. Howie's dad, Leo Sr., purchased a major portion of Nilsson's bike collection after nilsson retired.

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Page 31, the upper half-page ad for Whizzer Bicycle Motors which were being manufacturered in Los Angeles by Breene-Taylor at the time.

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Page 36, with ad from Musselman, Raleigh, Progressive Cycle, Midwest Bicycle & Toy, Mesinger and Bevin Bells.

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Page 37, with ads from Seiss Lites, Mead-Ranger Scooters, Torrington Handlebars-Stems-Seatposts-Pedals-Spokes-Nipples, and Saf-T-Ray Accessories by Superior Parts Mfg. Co.

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Page 40, the article titled 'BICYCLE DOINGS IN THE WEST' containing news mainly about cycling and industry in northern California. There is an Ad on the bottom from J.E.Bunker who was one of the leading distributors in the pacific northwest for many years.

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Page 41, an ad from the Cycle Jobbers Association of America listing 12 of the nations leading jobbers (distributors) at the time. This Association evolved into the BWDA (Bicycle Wholesale Distributors Association).

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Page 43, the inside back cover with an ad for Roadmaster Bicycles produced by the Cleveland Welding Co. The inset illustrates the popular Cleveland 'SHOCKMASTER' spring fork.

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