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Welbike

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Regarding the origins of certain NOS parts, I bought quantities of NOS handlebars and rims from Memory Lane Classics in Bowling Green OH, that was in the early 2000's, all gone now, and don't know where they got them from, but you could ask them.

Lex
 

Mercian

I live for the CABE
Hi Lex @Welbike

Thanks for the further information.

I seem to recall a story of a parts warehouse in the US being cleared before demolition. The handlebars turning up stuffed into a disused lift shaft?

There was such a large number of them, that I have tended to assume they were ordered in advance for a contract in early 1944, which was subsequently cancelled. But that is just guessing (-:

Best Regards,

Adrian
 

Mercian

I live for the CABE
Hi All,

Another Bicycle chain:

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Again, the typist was having a below average day:

MARKED:
STO CLASS H640-2499B
HF 2499B HUFFMAN MFG CO
BICYCLES ALL TYPES G519
1-CHAIN BICYCLES G657
LINES
SERVICABLE DEC 14, 1944
CRESSONA ORDNANCE PLANT

Same chain fitted to a G519.

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Photos by Andrew O'Bryan

 

Mercian

I live for the CABE
Hi All,

out of interest, since it's been mentioned a few time here, Cressona Ordnance Plant was a defense plant in Cressona, Schuylkill County, Pa, USA.

From this April 5th 1945 document: https://casetext.com/admin-law/day-zimmermann-inc-5

"Day & Zimmermann, Inc., a Maryland corporation, operates a plant at Cressona, Pennsylvania, where it is engaged in the reclamation, repair, and salvage of ordnance materiel which is sent to the plant from overseas and from various points within the United States.
The plant is owned by the Defense Plants Corporation and is leased to the Company. At peak production the Cressona plant processes in excess of 100,000 tons of material weekly. This material is received almost entirely from sources outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and, after processing, is shipped almost entirely to points outside that State."

Below, A WW2 photo of the plant interior:

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Day and Zimmerman still exist, and mention the plant in their history: https://www.soc-usa.com/blog/the-courageous-and-lesser-known-veterans-patriotic-female-pioneers

Best Regards,

Adrian
 
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Mercian

I live for the CABE
Hi @catfish

They apear to be the same as G519 pedals, except not painted green. Very nice original condition.

Yeah, I know that was obvious, sorry!

If I had to guess, I would say early 1944. I've had a quick look, and can find other makes/types of blackout pedal bing used on civilian bikes at this point, but not these.

It is thought that the last contract for Westfield G519 was cancelled fairly early into the run, and I suspect parts like these from an outside contractor would need to be ordered in advance of the main production starting, so, in the event of a cancellation, there would be an overrun. It is possible that these are from that. But it is guesswork on my part, I have little evidence.

Best Regards,

Adrian
 
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