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Posted by: Ted TITLE: AGE / VALUE:   Blundered onto 2 bikes
A friend was cleaning out his mother~s house and found 2 bikes that had been stored there for many years. Supposedly both were sold to a relative in 1941 at a Western Auto store. One is a ladies The World Schwinn with a serial number of H89804. The men~s bike is more of a problem. The headbadge is gone, and I cannot find any make or model markings on the frame. It has a serial number on the bottom bracket shell, but the numbers/letters are a bit crude like they were hammered on by hand. As best as I can tell they are HJJ, and then below that 3186. The bike is a one speed coaster brake with new departure hubs front and rear. It has what I believe is called a skip link chain, and the saddle has what looks to be HOBDALE embossed on it. It has Firestone High Speed 2.125 tires on it.

Does anyone have a clue what this men~s bike could be? Would anyone be intrested in these bikes?

I will try to find the camera to take some pictures, but until then, what do you think.


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Posted by ken
I think the problem bike might be a Huffman - chainguard and chainwheel look possible. 41 looks real close. Wonder if they made bikes for Western Auto?
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Posted by Ted
Yah, it worked. Now here is the Schwinn.


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Posted by Ted
Second try!


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Posted by Ted
Here~s my first attempt at posting a picture. First, the mystery bike.


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Posted by Ted
It~s a Model D on both bikes
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Posted by jj
They both sound interesting.
What model is the New Departure rear hub? That will help date it.

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