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Posted by: JAMES ANTER LAS WEGAS TITLE: BALLOON:   TOPS WHO ARE YOUWHATARE U
1938 girls cruser looks just like hawthorn same year, blue with white! head badge says TOPS in big letters right under tops in small writting it says,` m.f.g. for tru-testing marketing and manufactuing chicago ill. its pre war pewter 26 inch air wheels. ive spent monthes looking for tops bike manufacturing or maker. I have ccome to the conclussion that this bike is a hawthorne mont gomery wards but was used for test of all or some of the new parts it had came with or that were being tested to see what the best tires were safe and economicial. nobody sso far has even a clue about TOPS or tru-test marketing and manufacturing? please let my know if there is any data that confirms this was a test bike for products. Thanks James at janter8@gmail.com
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Posted by donovan mader
Hello. I just came across a tank bike that has that very same badge. TOPS MFG FOR TRU TESTING MANUFACTURING AND MARKETING CO CHIGO ILL. Did you ever find out anything about it?
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Posted by James Anter
her are the pictures of the tops bike. I realize that the badge is hard to read from the weak photo. The desription of the badge is in the previous messages from me WORD FOR WORD AS IT APPEARS. sorry it took so long to post them. Now what is up with TOPS MANUFACTURING AND MARKETING CHICAGO ILL 1938. Like I said it is identical in every way to the hawthorn 1938 girls bike photographs I found on the web, pre war. Many others are similar in many ways like the elgin and silver streak monarch. As far as i know nobody can fully explain this bike... buler........buler..............buler.......


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Posted by James Anter
her are the pictures of the tops bike. I realize that the badge is hard to read from the weak photo. The desription of the badge is in the previous messages from me WORD FOR WORD AS IT APPEARS. sorry it took so long to post them. Now what is up with TOPS MANUFACTURING AND MARKETING CHICAGO ILL 1938. Like I said it is identical in every way to the hawthorn 1938 girls bike photographs I found on the web, pre war. Many others are similar in many ways like the elgin and silver streak monarch. As far as i know nobody can fully explain this bike... buler........buler..............buler.......


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Posted by ken
I repeat. Hawthorne is not a manufacturer. Your Tops may have been manufactured by the same company. If your bike was a Hawthorne the badge would say manufactured for Montgomery Wards. Please explain how you settled on 1938. Also please give your definition of the word cruiser- we~re taking a poll.
I hope the pictures are up soon.
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Posted by james anter
I agree that a picture is worth a thousand words. I can say with confidence that there is no doubt in my mind that it is a hawthorne blue and white girls cruser 1938. The question is the the head badge that say TOPS MFG FOR TRU TESTING MANUFACTURING AND MARKETING CO CHIGO ILL. I WILL POST A PICTURE ASAP. IM SURE THAT ALL WILL AGREE THAT IT IS A HAWTHORNE . 1938 WAS A YEAR THAT HAD A LOT OF CHANGES TO TIRES. GOODYEAR TESTED 4 TIRES THAT HAD THE NEW RAYON CORD IN IT FOR THE FIRST TIME. THEY ALSO TESTED TIRES WITH BLACK ADDED TO THE RUBBER AND SOMTHING ELSE TO MAKE THEM LAST OR MORE DURABLE.THE TEST TIRES WERE ON THE 26 INCH BALOONS G-3 WITCH ARE STILL ON THE BIKE NOW AND IN GOOD CONDITION! THERE WAS ALSO A PROBLEM WITH ALERGIC REACTIONS TO THE RUBBER PRIMARALY FROM THE WORKERS AT THE GOOODYEAR PLANT. I FOUND SOME OTHER INFO THAT LEADS ME TO BELEIF THAT THIS WAS A TEST BIKE , I JUST CANT FIND THE SMOKIN GUN WHITCH IS TOPS MFG MANUFACTURING AND MARKETING CO CHIGO ILL 1938. IvE SEARCHED AND SEARCHED NOT ONE PERSON SO FAR EVER HEARD OF TOPS MFG TRU-TESTIN ETC... NOW IT HAS BECOME MY MISSION TO FIGURE OUT THIS MYSTERY . ANY HELP,.... BULER, BULER.......BULER..........


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Posted by Patrick
Post a couple of pictures. The best description in the world can~t tell a lot.A picture TRULY is worth a thousand words. We~d like to see it and are probably capable of solving the mystery.

Pat
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