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Van Anden Dexter velocipede
Van Anden Dexter velocipede
This velocipede was donated to the Smithsonian in 1930. It was built by William Van Anden, of Poughkeepsie, New York, who was granted Patent 88,238 on 23 March 1869, covering an “improvement in velocipedes.” This improvement, well ahead of its time, consisted of a “ratchet device,” or...
Region: Middle Atlantic
      
State: NY
      
Era: 1850-1877
Velocipede
Velocipede
This velocipede was donated to the Smithsonian in 1907. The donor of this machine, which is of the French pattern, stated that it was made by either Sargent or French, carriage builders of Boston, Massachusetts, about 1868, and that it sold for $160.00. It seems likely it is from the period:...
Region: New England
      
State: MA
      
Era: 1850-1877
Velocipede
Velocipede
As with several of the other velocipedes in the Smithsonian's collection, no identifying marks can be found on this machine, but the donor apparently believed it was made in Dayton, Ohio. His personal knowledge of the machine may be correct, for the velocipede was one of the first vehicles in...
Region: East North Central, New England
      
State: MA, OH
      
Era: 1850-1877
Wabash child's Irish Mail quadricycle
Wabash child's Irish Mail quadricycle
This quadricycle was donated to the Smithsonian in 1945. It was used by the donor when he was a child starting in about 1900. This tyoe of small quadricycle was popularly known as an Irish Mail. It was made by the Wabash Manufacturing Co., of Wabash, Indiana.
Region: East North Central
      
State: IN
      
Era: 1870-1900, 1890-1930
Whalen and Janssen laminated wood frame bicycle
Whalen and Janssen laminated wood frame bicycle
At the beginning of World War II, John T. Whalen, with Webster E. Janssen of the Janssen Piano Co., Inc., developed this laminated-wood-frame bicycle which was designed to conserve critical materials yet provide essential transportation. Wood subsequently proved to be more critical than metal,...
Region: Middle Atlantic
      
State: NY
      
Era: 1929-1945
Winton radiator emblem
Winton radiator emblem
Alexander Winton switched from bicycle to auto manufacturing in 1897. The first Winton 6 was produced in 1909, becoming a standard model in 1911. In 1924 Winton ceased to make automobiles, but continued to make marine diesel engines as a division of General Motors.
Region: East North Central
      
State: OH
      
Era: 1870-1900, 1890-1930
Woman's Overman Victoria safety bicycle, 1889
Woman's Overman Victoria safety bicycle, 1889
Made by the Overman Wheel Company of Boston, Massachusetts, this safety bicycle was their Victoria model for woman.
Region: New England
      
State: MA
      
Era: 1870-1900, 1890-1930
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