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« on: September 07, 2015, 01:11:43 PM »

National Museum of American History and Technology and their collection of American made bicycles entitled: Wheels and Wheeling, The Smithsonian Cycle Collection.

·         1937 Roadmaster Supreme

·         1940 Huffman Dayton

·         1940 Western Flyer

·         1941 Letourneau Speed Bike with Wooden Rims, Civilian Racing Model

·         1941 Ladies Roadmaster

·         1942 Experimental Whalen and Janssen Laminated Wood Frame Ration Model

·         1942 Columbia Superb Victory Model, Last of The Civilian Models Before Rationing

·         1942 Westfield Columbia Special Deluxe, Last of The Civilian Models Before Rationing

·         1943 USAAF Westfield Columbia Mens and Women’s

·         1943 US Royal Master Rubber Tire Molded with “War Tire” On The Side Wall

·         1943 Huffman US Army Folding Bicycles, Various War Models, Preferred by Paratroopers

·         1943 Columbia US Army Military Bicycles Parts List and Service Manual

·         1943 Huffman US Army Folding Bicycles Maintenance Manual and Parts List

·         1944 Schwinn Army Navy E Award Flag and Documents for Outstanding Production of Their Defense Model              Bicycles and other military related items: electrical parts, munitions accessories, plane parts.

For those interested, there was a booklet published on this exhibit by Smith Hempstone Oliver in 1953, revised 1972, 104 pages, Wheels and Wheeling, the Smithsonian Cycle Collection. Many more models have been added to the collection since this book was released. This is a highly recommended activity for anyone interested in bicycle history during the war years.

Selected Bibliography:

·         On Your Bicycle: An Illustrated History of Cycling – December, 1987 by James McGurn
·         Bicycle History: A Chronological Cycling History of People, Races, and Technology – January 11, 2010 by       James L. Witherell
·         Bicycle Troops – October 7, 2011 by R.S. Kohn
·         The Bicycle in Wartime: An Illustrated History – April 27, 2011 by Jim Fitzpatrick
·         Bicycles in War – 1974 by Martin Caidin
·         The American Bicycle – October, 1995 by Jay Pridmore


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