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Iver Johnson drop frame bicycle, 1925

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Iver Johnson drop frame bicycle, 1925
Smithsonian Institution , Negative #: 61-916


This object appears in the following sections:

Smithsonian Bicycle Collection — The collection 1896-1927

Columbia Model 41 bicycle

Columbia Model 43 tandem bicycle

Overman Victor ordinary bicycle

Iver Johnson bicycle
Catalog #: 318,471, Accession #: 236,166
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
This bicycle was donated to the Smithsonian in 1961. It was made in Fitchburg, Massachusetts by the Iver Johnson Arms and Cycle Works. It has a drop-frame to accomodate women's skirts, and is a typical example of bicycle of the era.
Physical Description

Artifact. This bicycle's frame is of comparatively heavy steel tubing, with the customary additional drop bar and cross member for the extra strength that a drop-frame requires. Hollow steel wheel rims are fitted with 28-by-1 1/2-inch Gillette Ambassador single-tube tires. Each wheel has 36 tangential wire spokes and ball-bearing hubs, with a Morrow coaster brake in the rear hub. The usual drive by roller chain is employed, with 22 teeth in the front sprocket and 9 in the rear. Nonadjustable pedal cranks have a throw of 6 1/2 inches, and the ball-bearing pedals have rubber pads. Handlebar grips are of black rubber. The saddle, a Mesinger No. 1, is fully adjustable. This cycle is equipped with front and rear mudguards, the rear one having a red reflector and holes through which a cord skirt guard is laced, a rear luggage rack, chain guard, and kick-stand. The finish is a medium blue with white striping and decoration; the wheel rims are yellow with dark blue striping.

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Place of Manufacture
Gift of Mrs. Powhatan Moncure, Jr.

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