I Need Help to Identify Hawthorne Cruiser

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blainewest

On Training Wheels
Jun 12, 2020
5
56
Kelowna, British Columbia
Greetings from Canada everyone,
Though I am a bicycle enthusiast I am completely new to the world of classic collectible bikes. Yesterday I picked up this old Hawthorne. The vendor knew nothing of it's history. I will post some pictures and I hope that some of you experts can help me in identifying it's model, year of manufacture etc.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet. When I brought it home I showed it to my family. My 16 year old son, who to this point had expressed almost non existant interest in biking, immediately called dibs on this beauty and wants to use it to ride to the lake for his beach Volleyball games.... to be a teenager again. The fact that this bike is likely old enough that his grandfather might have ridden it to the beach only seemed to pique his interest further. Yesterday was a good day.

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blainewest

On Training Wheels
Jun 12, 2020
5
56
Kelowna, British Columbia
1947 Snyder built aka Rollfast. Sold by Montgomery Wards. Looks to have a Murray 1/2" pitch chainring. I had a '46 I sold recently that was very similar.
Thx so much. I found another number stamped on the seat tube. I’ll try to attach Photos.

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Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
1,438
Los Angeles, CA, USA
The letter “C” followed by six digits is a typical (1947) serial number for bicycles built by Snyder; “C” is the 3rd letter and 1947 was the 3rd post war year. The other stamping (74EH) is more of a date and place code, likely built at the former Excelsior Michigan City Indiana plant (EH) which was closer to M. Ward Chicago. The number 8,855 means only that — (8,854 + 1); might be the 8,855th bike produced that year, (if they started from 1?).
 
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blainewest

On Training Wheels
Jun 12, 2020
5
56
Kelowna, British Columbia
Thank you guys so much. Very interesting as it is the information everyone asks about when they see it.
 

bikerbluz

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 15, 2016
211
64
Richmond, IN
Fordmike, did your 46 have the older prewar style badge?
 
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Blast from the past

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jun 11, 2020
21
72
McGregor, TX
Greetings from Canada everyone,
Though I am a bicycle enthusiast I am completely new to the world of classic collectible bikes. Yesterday I picked up this old Hawthorne. The vendor knew nothing of it's history. I will post some pictures and I hope that some of you experts can help me in identifying it's model, year of manufacture etc.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet. When I brought it home I showed it to my family. My 16 year old son, who to this point had expressed almost non existant interest in biking, immediately called dibs on this beauty and wants to use it to ride to the lake for his beach Volleyball games.... to be a teenager again. The fact that this bike is likely old enough that his grandfather might have ridden it to the beach only seemed to pique his interest further. Yesterday was a good day.

D7E834AC-C433-4B6F-B41A-1E1898B6B272.jpeg


F35C9C9D-A0EB-4A8A-80DA-AC62220206B5.jpeg


7C097EFF-16E5-4D53-969C-B26823E95FBE.jpeg
Congrats on the Hawthorne. I recently came by a Hawthorne 5 tube that is a little newer than yours. I found a C# on the right dropout, but if there is anything stamped on the crank tube I cant read it. Mine also has aluminum rims.

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Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 8, 2008
3,890
Western North carolina
Fordmike, did your 46 have the older prewar style badge?
This aluminum badge is first seen in '48 catalog pages, but I believe I've seen some late '47s with it. And, just saw a post of a late '48 base model with the older brass badge. And the blue & red badge as on Blast's bike above first shows in '50, and used through the decade.
 
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