Old photo with Crescent bike. Year/model?

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  1. #1 Posted Apr 16, 2018

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Found this photo for sale. Does anyone know the year and model of the bike? It's a swedish photo, so there is a chance that it's an early swedish Crescent, but it looks US to me.
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  2. #2 Posted Apr 16, 2018

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    American company Western Wheel Works in Chicago (50,000 bicycles made in 1894) manufactured a more affordable bicycle line named "Crescent". There was a bicycle in progress and these bikes were exported to Sweden via a stockholder company Aktiebolaget Amerikansk Cycle Import, Eli Pettersson & August Lindblad.
    In 1896 August and Eli imported 6,000 Crescent bicycles. Circa 1907-1908 AB Amerikansk Cycleimport started to produce bicycles with the name Crescent in their own factory in Sweden. It is unclear how they obtained the well known brand...
     
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  3. #3 Posted Apr 16, 2018

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Here is my 1896 Crescent No.1. 3CE3E50C-1E25-4F62-AA24-882D8ADACBDA.jpeg 4476129C-715C-4652-ADE7-2FFE2E89A338.jpeg 5230C279-4195-4E6C-BFB8-526D1A41A557.jpeg F1CFDDD4-8169-473F-B70B-28932221F6A6.jpeg
     
  4. #4 Posted Apr 16, 2018

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    I would say circa 1898
     
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  5. #5 Posted Apr 16, 2018

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    Looks like an early New Departure coaster brake. Did they have that in 98 ? I think it is closer to 1900.
     
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  6. #6 Posted Apr 17, 2018

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    Yes, does look like a ND hub ca 1901-02, but also very similiar to the ABC hub that Pope used. This would be more likely used by Crescent, i guess? Actually thought that someone would nail the exact model and year by now...