Anyone know what year Schwinn bought the Mead cycle Company?


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2jakes

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 1, 2010
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#22
mead-ranger-model-bicycle-1.jpg


This was one method used by the "Boys from Marketing" to
promote their products to the public.


Schwinn took advantage of the depression by buying bicycle
companies that were failing.

It's not easy trying to determine if and when
Schwinn may have bought
the Mead Cycle Company.

As Barry noted, there's not much information
to go by.

This link might point the way.
There's so much information with regards to bicycles from the past.
The thing is entering the correct words in the search
option that will bring up the data that we need.

Catalog Record: American bicyclist and motorcyclist | Hathi Trust ...
 
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barnyguey

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#23
I always thought it was cool that Schwinn built motorcycles. I read when the Excelsior Henderson motorcycle company folded it's doors, the engineers that designed the motorcycles designed some of the cool features on the motorbikes etc. that we all love! Barry
 

barnyguey

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 7, 2012
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#24
View attachment 753849

This was one method used by the "Boys from Marketing" to
promote their products to the public.


Schwinn took advantage of the depression by buying bicycle
companies that were failing.

It's not easy trying to determine if and when
Schwinn may have bought
the Mead Cycle Company.

As Barry noted, there's not much information
to go by.

This link might point the way.
There's so much information with regards to bicycles from the past.
The thing is entering the correct words in the search
option that will bring up the data that we need.

Catalog Record: American bicyclist and motorcyclist | Hathi Trust ...
Thanks for the information. I've been putting it all in a file and will try to meld it all together for us bike freaks.
It's hard to ask the correct question sometimes, when a very dense person like me is in control of the keyboard.
It's hard enough for me to talk, let alone type. Hunt and peck! Hunt and peck! LOL
 

bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
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Chicago area west
#25
Thanks for the information. I've been putting it all in a file and will try to meld it all together for us bike freaks.
It's hard to ask the correct question sometimes, when a very dense person like me is in control of the keyboard.
It's hard enough for me to talk, let alone type. Hunt and peck! Hunt and peck! LOL
Hey, who you call'n a "bike freak"? :D
 

barnyguey

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 7, 2012
2,873
1,567
Rathdrum, Idaho
#27
View attachment 753849

This was one method used by the "Boys from Marketing" to
promote their products to the public.


Schwinn took advantage of the depression by buying bicycle
companies that were failing.

It's not easy trying to determine if and when
Schwinn may have bought
the Mead Cycle Company.

As Barry noted, there's not much information
to go by.

This link might point the way.
There's so much information with regards to bicycles from the past.
The thing is entering the correct words in the search
option that will bring up the data that we need.

Catalog Record: American bicyclist and motorcyclist | Hathi Trust ...
I have a few of those ads and even a worn out T-Shirt I bought, maybe on the Cabe? I can't remember. I love the shirt and wish I could by another one some where. Barry
 

barnyguey

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 7, 2012
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Rathdrum, Idaho
#28
Check this out guys! I took these out of a huge list I found of turn of the century bicycle badge names. I think I originally got these names from This: 3365 bicycle brands - The Wheelmen

I also found the names Ace and in 1898 the name Myron? I don't these names are accurate for sure. You know how it is researching and finding information on the Web.


Albatross-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL,

Amazon-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1902

Argonaut-(D) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1902

Cossack-(D) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL,

Kennebee Special-(D) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL,

Ladies Sentinel-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1897-1898

Montrose-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1899-1912

Newport-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1898

Pathfinder-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1918

Prince-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1912-1918

Princess-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1912-1918

Ranger-(M) Mead & Prentiss Manufacturing, Chicago IL, 1899

Ranger-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1910-1918 1925-1940’S

Roman-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, c1904

Royal-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1910-1912

Sentinel-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1897-1898


Sentinel-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1902

Sentinel-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1910-1914

Windsor-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1910-1914
 
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2jakes

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 1, 2010
6,507
4,413
Elysium Fields
#29
Check this out guys! I took these out of a huge list I found of turn of the century bicycle badge names. I think I originally got these names from This: 3365 bicycle brands - The Wheelmen

I also found the names Ace and in 1898 the name Myron? I don't these names are accurate for sure. You know how it is researching and finding information on the Web.


Albatross-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL,

Amazon-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1902

Argonaut-(D) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1902

Cossack-(D) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL,

Kennebee Special-(D) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL,

Ladies Sentinel-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1897-1898

Montrose-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1899-1912

Newport-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1898

Pathfinder-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1918

Prince-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1912-1918

Princess-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1912-1918

Ranger-(M) Mead & Prentiss Manufacturing, Chicago IL, 1899

Ranger-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1910-1918 1925-1940’S

Roman-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, c1904

Royal-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1910-1912

Sentinel-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1897-1898


Sentinel-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1902

Sentinel-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1910-1914

Windsor-(M) Mead Cycle Company, Chicago IL, 1910-1914
I should have made it a point of writing down when I read it.
I didn't.
An article indicated that Mead Cycle Co. was more into
assembling bikes for other companies instead of
manufacturing a "Mead" bicycle.
I'm not quoting and this is not exactly what I read. Just guessing.
Perhaps this was not the case all the time that Mead Co.
existed, might be only at a certain period.
I'll stand corrected if this is not accurate.


Perhaps at one point Mead was similar in a small way like
the WALD Co. that makes different parts for bicycles over the
years.

And I'm still hoping CATFISH finds this neat rear rack made by
the Wald Co.
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I might just have the guy who did the wrought-iron window
bars create one for me. He can shape metal into any style or form.

Sorry Barry...I tend to go off topic!
 
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barnyguey

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 7, 2012
2,873
1,567
Rathdrum, Idaho
#30
I should have made it a point of writing down when I read it.
I didn't.
An article indicated that Mead Cycle Co. was more into
assembling bikes for other companies instead of
manufacturing a "Mead" bicycle.
I'm not quoting and this is not exactly what I read. Just guessing.
Perhaps this was not the case all the time that Mead Co.
existed, might be only at a certain period.
I'll stand corrected if this is not accurate.


Perhaps at one point Mead was similar in a small way like
the WALD Co. that makes different parts for bicycles over the
years.

And I'm still hoping CATFISH finds this neat rear rack made by
the Wald Co.
View attachment 754228

I might just have the guy who did the wrought-iron window
bars create one for me. He can shape metal into any style or form.

Sorry Barry...I tend to go off topic!
LOL I'll soak up just about any information I can. I actually enjoyed History class in School. Barry
 

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