Grandparents' prewar pre-WWII Columbia bikes

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Victor Nazarian

On Training Wheels
Jun 15, 2018
4
55
Rockville, MD, USA
Hello folks,

New to this and trying to deal with my grandparents' bikes that I'm pretty sure are from some time between 1929 and 1942. They've been in their basement for decades on the original tires and right now I have them hanging upside down from the ceiling of my front porch. I have some closeup photos of the decals on the central post below the seat.


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Victor Nazarian

On Training Wheels
Jun 15, 2018
4
55
Rockville, MD, USA
Where is the serial number located? Is it stamped under the crank or near the steering shaft?
 

Oilit

I live for the CABE
Dec 30, 2015
1,306
Concord NC
Looks like a surprising amount of the original finish has survived. Interesting bikes!
 

Victor Nazarian

On Training Wheels
Jun 15, 2018
4
55
Rockville, MD, USA
Thanks,
I know my grandmother and grandfather were both happy to use them when they were dating back in '41. I believe my great grandfather purchased my grandmother's for her as a 16th or 17th birthday present which should make the girls bike '37 or '38 but it might have been used. I might also have the birthday wrong. My grandfather apparently purchased his just so he could ride with my grandmother when they started dating but once again it may have been used. They both worked in Trenton or the Luscome Airplane company.
 
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