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1955 December, AMERICAN BICYCLIST and MOTORCYCLIST Vol. 76, No. 12 75th Anniversary Number
Item# AmBicyclist1955-12 [AmBicyclist1955-12]
Categories: Magazines&Periodicals-Contemporary, American Bicyclist & Motorcyclist,
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AVAILABLE TO SELL, I HAVE A DUPLICATE! The American bicyclist & Motorcyclist magazine is a direct descendant of the very first and a consolidation of at least eleven of the cycle publications that reflected the bicycle`s first century in America. The first was the AMERICAN BICYCLING JOURNAL founded December 1877. The second was THE BICYCLING WORLD, founded in November 1879. In May of 1934 the title became AMERICAN BICYCLIST and Motorcyclist. This December 1955 75th Anniversary issue contains 138 pages with editorial and adverts that tell the story of the bicycle industry at the time & in the past years gone by. The front cover is an advert for Rollfast by D.P. Harris; Rollfast has owned the front cover for many years. I have taken the time to scan and list many of the pages of this important issue; see the picture gallery and click on any of the thumbnail images to see a greatly enlarged image. The dimensions are 9 x 12 inches.

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Page-4, the Table of Contents and the mast head with the names of some of the staff including; Stu Meyers, Charles G. Peker, David K. Silver, Otto Eisele, Ernest Ohrt, Tom Sayler, Henry G. Samuelson, H. Lee, Washington H. Hettler & Norman Maclaren.


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Page-5, a photo of and tribute to Charles Godfrey Peker who passed away on December 11, 1955. The tribute, written by Stu Meyers, speaks for itself.


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Pages-8 & 9, a 2-page spread advert for Arnold Schwinn & Co. Illustrated are two bikes from 1896 (the World Light Roadster & the World Tandem), and the 1956 Corvette 3-Speed.


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Pages-10 & 11, a 2-page spread advert for Lobdell-Emery rims and saddles (seats). Lobdell first produced wood rims starting in 1896. At the time in 1955 Lobdell was located in Alma, MI.


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Pages 012 & 013, a two page spread advert for Columbia brand bicycles by The Westfield Mfg Co. There is a snip about the 1956 Columbia Star-Line models.


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Pages 14 & 15, adverts for Kelly Springfield bicycle Tires & Tubes (represented by Surre) and the Diamond Chain Co who mentions in their ad that they are being forced out of the bicycle industry business due to foreign imported chains which are produced in countries where the wages are much lower than in the USA.


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Pages 16 & 17, a souble page advert by the Murray Ohio Mfg Co of Cleveland, OH. A letter from Frank J. Hannon is incorporated into the advert. Several Murray vehicles are illustrated including: The Good Humor Truck, Supersonic Jet Airplane, Autos, tricycles, Stroller (Murray-go-round, and deluxe bicycle.


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Pages 20 & 21, adverts from The Seiss Mfg Co of Toledo, OH and from Huffy Bicycles including an illustration of the Huffy RadioBike.


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Pages 24 & 25, a two page advert from New Departure for their coaster brake which was produced by General Motors Corp of Bristol. CT. At the time they had produced over 28 million coaster hubs.


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Page-26, a salute to The American Bicyclist from the Bicycle Manufacturers Association of America (BMA).


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Page-27, a snip of the history of the bicycle industry written by Stuart John Meyers ('Stu'). Some important data:
By 1898 there were 316 bicycle manufacturers and 2500 smaller makers producing custom bicycles. There were 2212 makers of bicycle parts & accessories supporting the bicycle makers and aftermarket. In the peak year of the 1890's the 2816 bicycle makers produced over one million bicycles.

 


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Pages 28 & 29, an editorial article regarding the upcoming B.I.A. Convention (Bicycle Institute of America) which was held in January 1956 at the Boca Raton Hotel & Club in FL.


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Pages 30 & 31, a continuation of the Program Schedule for the upcoming B.I. A. Convention and a copy of the front page of the November 15, 1879, Vol-1 #1, issue of THE BICYCLING WORLD, one of the earliest USA bicycle publications.


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Pages 32 & 33, The American Bicyclists & Motorcyclists Family Tree. The publications that preceded the title of American Bicyclist include; The Bicycling World, The L.A.W. Bulletin, The Wheel, The Bicycling World & Motorcycle Review, Motorcycle Illustrated, Motorcycle & Bicycle Illustrated, Bicycle News, The Cyclist, American Motorcyclist & Bicyclist and finally The American Bicyclist & Motorcyclists.


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Pages 36 & 37, reproduced adverts from the late 1890s & early 1900s including; (1) the Broncho chainless safety bicycle by White Cycle Co of Westboro, MA, (2) Columbia Ladies' Safety, (3) the Swell Newport ladies' safety by Snyder & Fisher of Little Falls, NY (the predecessor company of the H.P. Snyder Mfg Co., (4) the 1899 Dayton bicycle by The Davis Sewing Machine Co of Dayton, OH., (5) the wood & aluminum bicycle by Huseby Cycle Co of Milwaukee, WI., (6)


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Page-45, an advert from Delta Electric, maker of battery operated lights & horns.


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Page-50, reprints of bicycle seat (saddles) adverts from the 1890s for: Cutting & Kaestner, T.J. Kirkpatrick of Springfield, OH, Chicago Tip & Tire, the Christy Saddle from A.G. Spalding & Bros of Chicago, NY & PA, Persons of NY, Mesinger and Troxel of Elyria, OH.
Page-51, an advert from the Evans-Colson Co of Plymouth, MI.


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Page-52, adverts for; Bell's Bicycle Cannon by Bell Novelty Co of RI, Kerosine Lamps by 20th Century in 1897, The Buffalo Taper Lamp by Schoverling, Daly & Sales of NY, The 1898 Bridgeport Lamp, The Williams Match Gun (for lighting bicycle lamps) by Union Lamp Co of Chicago, The 1898 Acetylene Lamp by Schumacher Acetylite Lamp Co of Chicago,  The Ohio Electric Bicycle Light by Ohio Electric Works of Cleveland, OH, and Delta Electric Model-37 Spotlights in the early 1900s.
Page-53, adverts from; The Bridgeport Handlebar Bell-Grip combination, The Music Cycle bells by The Music Cycle bell Co of Boston, MA, bells from Bevin Bros., N.N. Hill Brass Co & New Departure, a 1917 advert for the Seiss Model N.B. Hand Horn from Seiss Mfg Co of Toledo, OH, and a photo of the Cycle Police Squad of New York City.


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Page-64, an advert of congratulations to The American Bicyclist Magazine from the members of The Cycle Parts & Accessories Association.
Page-65, devoted to articles relating to Women Cycling.


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Pages-74 & 75, a double page advert from three divisions of the AMF Wheel Goods Co; (1) AMF Cars, Tractors & Wagons, (2) AMF Roadmaster Bicycles, & (3) AMF junior Trikes & Bikes. Included in the AMF family was BMC Mfg Co & The Cleveland Welding Co. Howie's family bicycle store was a distributor for AMF bicycles and wheelgoods.


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Page-84, editorial information about bicycle motors in the years 1898 & 1899. The Pope Mfg Co's Co.Columbia Carriage & quadricycle are mentioned. There are two adverts from (1) The Smith Motor Wheel, and (2) The Johnson Motor Wheel.
Page-85, an advert from the Andrew Fisher Cycle Co of NY who at the time was distributing complete bicycles from NORMAN of England, AUTOMOTO of France and balloon tire bikes from Germany. Howie's family company did a significant amount of business with this company (Milt Fisher was the president) over the years.


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Page-96, editorial information relating to Rollfast, D.P. Harris, Surre, Continental Rubber, Chicago Cycles 1915 Catalog, and a 1917 photo of Cycling Soldiers riding toward the battle lines in France.
Page-97, an advert for Darwin Products. Howie's family company was one of the distributors for Darwin.


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Page-98, Headline snips regarding the bicycle industry in relationship to the war effort and supply of raw material, and photos of C.B. Williams, president of Williams Steel Wheel and Guy Wainwright of Diamond Chain.
Page-99, an advert from the G.Joannou Cycle Co of NY, MI & FL for Dunelt British lightweight bicycles. Distributors in the USA included: Lewis Supply of NY, Armstrong Cycle of MA, Eastern Cycle of MA, Arthur O. Lemon of MI, Walthour & Hood of GA, L.W. Keenan of CA, and The Merry Sales Co of CA. Howie's family company, WCCSC became a Dunelt distributor in 1958.


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Page-100, editorial material about the bicycle industry. Pictured are; D.P. Harris, Col. Frank T. Huffman, Frank Schwinn & Ignaz Schwinn.Page-101, adverts from (1) The Hartford Steel ball Co of Hartford, CT, & (2) Chain Bike Corp of NY, maker of Ross brand bicycles and importer of BSA English Lightweight bicycles.


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An advert from the Schwinn Cycle Distributors Association. There were 22 Schwinn Distributors at the time in December of 1955.


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Page-108, pictures are; Jack Dempsey, W.J 'Billy' Surre, George Seiss, Horace M. Huffman, E.F. Pawsat of Wald, Walter B. Stephenson of Delta Electric, and Karl Scaison, Alexander Scaison & Louis Schwab (these three gents from Progressive Cycle, a NY Distributor).


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Page-114, an editorial page mentioning; Milton & Bill Surre, D.P. Harris, Emil Kervin, Mrs. F. Mesinger, Mrsa. Henry Bush, Miss Jerry Persons, Mrs. Charles Persons, Charles Knoepfel, Fred Baker, J.P. Fogerty, Colonel E.H. Teall, Chick Fogerty, M.H. Tisne, L.N. Southmayd, Earl C. Miller, George Roemer, Smiling Griff, H.N. Kirk, H. Clyde Brokaw (Shelby Cycle), F.S. Murthey, Jack Straub, E.F. Pawsat, Alec Scaison & M. Braum (Progressive Cycle of NY), the Delta Electric Co elected officers for the year included W.B. Stephenson, George F. Cole, John W. Wharton, Lewis F. Cole, D.D. Wellman. J.W. Stephenson, Z. Nomart & C. Martin (Oakland Cyclery), T.N. & Harold W. Biddle (Eclipse Machine), A.J. & C.J. Seiss with Tommy Robbins (Seiss Mfg), Henry Mesinger, Charles A. Persons, J. Lowell Johnson (Iver Johnson), A.J. Musselman, Herbert Flake & H.C. Bullard (Herbert Flake Co), F.A. Baker, E.H. Baker Jr. (Locke Machine of Cleveland, OH), Stanley Bevin, A.M. Star (Starr Bells), Jack Brandt - F.G. Emerich - R.W. Faulhaber (all of Troxel), from the Westfield Mfg Co J.P. & C.J. Fogarty, B.A. Edgar, N.R. Clarke, from the Schrader Sons Inc M.H. Tisne & R.W. Brown, Noah Van Cleef, and several more. 


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Page-118, pictured are: Top left group, Jack Straub, Jesse Edwards, David Meyers, & John Henry. Top center group, Walter Rogers, W.B. Stephenson, & Nat Cohen. Top right group, B.A. Edgar, H.J. McCauley, Charles Fogarty, & Fred St. Onge. Center left group, Max Schottenstein, Henry T. Fowler, E.J. Lobdell & Sigmund Frucht. Center right group, George M. Port, August Seiss & Tommy Robbins. Lower left group, William J. Surre, Chick Fogarty & H.C. Bullard. Lower right, E.H. Broadwell & DeWitt Page.
Page-119, adverts from (1) Stelber Cycle Corp of NY, and (2) Lewis Supply Co of NY


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Page-120, editorial articles about women cyclists, a 1936 photo of two Mercury brand bicycles produced my Murray-Ohio and an advert for the New All Aluminum bicycle by Iver Johnson of MA.


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Page-128, pictured are (1) Mr. Albert Sedgman of Dove, New Jersey, (2) Cowboy Ted LLoyd with John Huggins & Sam Hudson of the Evans-Colson Co, and (3) a model showing the new Goodyear colored tires in both balloon & middleweight sizes.
Page-129, adverts from; (1) Arena Import Export Co of NY selling Girardengo brand racing bikes from Italy, (2) Atwood Stabilizers (training wheels) & (3) Bevin Bros Bells.


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Page-134, adverts from (1) Guarantee Bicycle Co of St Louis, MO, (2) Red Devil Cycle Enamels (paints), & (3) Memphis Cycle & Supply of TN. Pictured are; (1) Bert Reece (Miss rocket) & William A. Hudson in the Azusa, CA Monark Silver King factory, and (2) Cowboy Ted Lloyd (aka Sagebrush Shorty) with his sidekick Skinny Dugan watching a new Evans-Colson bike on the assembly line in the Evans Product Co MI factory.
Page-135, adverts for; (1) Abbott Ball Co of Hartford, CT, (2) Whirlwind Streamers from Novelty Mfg Co of NJ, (3) Yoder Goose Horns from Yoder Mfg Co of AR, & (4) Pinnell's, a distributor in Richmond, VA.


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Page-137 with adverts for: (1) Hub Distributors of Boston, MA owned at the time by Manny Beckwith. Hub distributed a full line of parts & accessories in addition to their main lines which included bicycles from Columbia, Phillips, & Murray plus Radio Steel Wagons.
(2) Farber Cycle & Hobby of Detroit, MI owned at the time by Bill Farber. Bill's son, Gene Farber, became active in the business in later years.
(3)  Hunt-Wilde Corp of Dayton, OH owned at the time by Ken Hunt & Will Wilde. Hunt-Wilde produced handlebar grips, streamers & mud flaps.
(4) Cycleplates distributed by U.S. Premier Co of New York (names & initials on self adhesive metal plates which were curved to fit the radius of bicycle tubing)

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