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OldSkipTooth

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Aug 6, 2015
2,660
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Sebastopol, United States
#1
I was thinking how cool it would be if someone started a data base or collection of the names of hardware stores that put badges on their own bikes and what brands they sold. Often you see a badge with scant info on the store or which bikes they sold. Maybe this is already being compiled?
 

bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
3,671
5,147
Bulverde, TX
#3
I have a few fishing/camping collectibles from HSB&Co (which became True Value)
On the wall, though, I have a framed catalog page with a bike branded OVB.
They sold bikes as OVB (our very best)
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Leader
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and Rev-O-Noc (partner Conover spelled in reverse)
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Pflueger trade reel (c. 1915) branded as Rev-O-Noc, and HSB&Co Diamond brand knife
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I also have a set of Rev-O-Noc nesting camp cups

True Value trademark originated in 1932

ps, I'm not going to venture guessing bike makers, but if you find a fishing reel, I can tell you who made it...:cool:
 
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bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
3,671
5,147
Bulverde, TX
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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
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Evans, GA
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bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
3,671
5,147
Bulverde, TX
#17
Another found on line, OW Richardson & Son (Chicago sporting goods)
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From what I can find, they sold several different bike models, Elite and models designated by a letter. Definitely prewar.
This one is of particular interest to me, because they're one of six US companies I've been able to identify who (prewar) imported reels from JW Young & Sons of Redditch, a particular collecting bent for me.

Curious if any UK collectors have seen bike head badges from A&NCSL.(Army Navy Cooperative) - they definitely shipped bikes all over the world.
 

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