Hi @leo healy
You've probably seen this site, but just in case:
And a more general discussion from another site I haunt:
These bikes were not dated...
Hi @Mountain Trail Andy
With Serge's information, you can find areference to the type of bikes supplied on Wiki:
From 1939-1945 during the Second World War C.C.M.'s cycle's manufacturing facilities were taken over by the Canadian government and declared an essential war service. Two simple...
For my WW1 Columbia "Military Model" I am looking for a Star toe clip like the one below, or a pair.
As ever, although I'm in France, if you don't want to ship there, I have US friends who can recieve it and will help pass the the parcel.
Photos: New Mexico Brant
Thinking about why Westfield missed out H, to quote myself:
"In 1945, all bikes revert to the standard (Westfield) letter code of J. Which is also out of sequence since if there had not been a war:
1941 - F
1943 - H
1944 - J (I is never used, too like 1)
1945 - K
I wonder why...
Credit: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Leon Henderson, administrator of the wartime Office of Price Administration, pedals a Victory Bike in Washington, DC, 1942. Betty Barrett, an OPM stenographer, rides in the parcel basket.
That's a nice bike (-:
L9, October 1944 frame.
Sorry, I can't help with the markings, they could be something as simple as being able to identify it easily in a pile of similar bikes (My Army kit is identified with coloured tapes in a similar way).
However, there are several...
Yes, it's part of the fun identifying these mysteries. Luckily you had the enigmatic 'Birmingham', and after that it was the chainwheel...
There's quite a bit more information here (in english), and the bike seems to have the same fork as yours...