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  1. Blue Streak

    1900 Melvin coaster 3-crown Frame ID

    A couple final references for now: December 1898 - Only 500 bicycles to be made in 1899 seems to make sense with your 807 serial number and thinking it is an 1899 model (this would mean they made 600-700 total for 1896-1898 which seems believable). F. M. Smith & Bros. appears to have been a...
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    1900 Melvin coaster 3-crown Frame ID

    With a little more digging I am going to go out on a limb and say your bicycle is a 1899-1900 Gopher Special made and sold by F. M. Smith & Bros. of St Paul MN. Gopher Bicycles were sold 1896-1902 (1902's may have been left over 1901 models). F. M. Smith & Bros. also made and sold the Melvin...
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    Arcade Fileworks

    I found all of these references online. Please share with your patron. It would be great if you could post some photos of the bicycle they have for future reference.
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    1900 Melvin coaster 3-crown Frame ID

    Your frame's triple crown design and lugs look a lot like 1898 Manson (they changed lug design for 1899) but appears Manson did not have eccentric rear chain adjusters until 1900 and different frame details. Crankset looks like Fauber. Manson badge holes do not match yours. So probably not a...
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    1900 Melvin coaster 3-crown Frame ID

    Here are two Melvin Coaster Brake ads from 1900 and two patents: April 15, 1900 issue of The Saint Paul Globe (St Paul MN) May 13, 1900 issue of The Saint Paul Globe (St Paul MN) Charles H. Melvin Back Pedaling Brake Patent No. 648,971 (May 8, 1900) Charles H. Melvin Back Pedaling...
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    need help to ID year and model bike for these headbadges

    Hartford Cycle Company was established in 1889 by Pope Manufacturing Company for the making of a cheaper grade of bicycle. 1897 Hartford Pattern Nos. were 1-2, 7-8 and 9-10. Here are some pages from 1898 Pope Mfg. Company catalog which includes Columbia, Hartford (made by Hartford Cycle Co) and...
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    "CrankHeads"... unable to query another like it. anybody???

    1899 Vedette Bicycles made by Columbia have similar sprocket design: Vedette sold at Copake Auction 2018
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    need help to ID year and model bike for these headbadges

    1899 Hartford Pattern 20 Women's made by Hartford Cycle Company (Pope Manufacturing Company)
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    Arcade Fileworks

    Here are a few more Arcade File Works references: September 1898: October 1898: October 1898: November 1898: December 1898: 1899: January 1899: February 1899: February 1900 December 1900
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    Arcade Fileworks

    Arcade File Works of Anderson IN manufactured and sold "Elk" and "Dixie" bicycles 1899-1901: October 14, 1898: January 1899: January 1899: April 1899: April 1899: June 1899: July 1899: September 1899: January 1900 April 1900 May 1900 May 1900 February 1901 June 1901...
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    'Shelby Made' Abraham & Strauss "Flash" Cigar Tank Motorbike

    December 1925 September 1930 September 1931 September 1933
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    need help to ID year and model bike for these headbadges

    1896-1897 Flying Yankee: February 21, 1896 issue of The Wheel: May 7, 1896 issue of The Referee: May 28, 1896 issue of The Referee: 1896 Flying Yankee Ad: Flying Yankee catalog page: July 23, 1897 issue of The Wheel:
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    need help to ID year and model bike for these headbadges

    Hawthorn 1896 Flying Yankee 1896 and 1897 Chase 1897 and 1898 Have not found any images. Will keep looking.
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    1893? Monarch diamond frame safety bicycle

    1896 Monarchs have different chain adjuster design and front sprocket on some models.
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