The Schwinn Winged Badge

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rhenning

I live for the CABE
May 9, 2010
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Sharon wi United States
I have one on an early 1953ish Traveler. Nice badge. Roger
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
11,541
Central Arizona
I have one on an early 1953ish Traveler. Nice badge. Roger
Those are neat badges. They were unique to the lightweights

Any idea when Schwinn started using the wing badge? I know it was before they stopped using brass badges.
 

Gasbag

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 4, 2013
165
There is a lot of Art Deco influence in the bikes of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, especially in the balloon tire bikes. I much prefer it to the space and rocket influence of the fifties.
 

Jeff54

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 11, 2013
2,301
Ft Myers, Florida
I've got one of those too, it was 15 bucks that I couldn't pass it up, and the only problem is, the danged badge takes up too much space.

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1motime

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 7, 2019
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El Segundo, CA
Old topic but refreshing the original question. Anyone know the years these lightweight Schwinn Wing badges were used? The earliest ones were brass with nice Deco highlights. (World, early Traveler, ?)
Later (Racer, etc.) were aluminum with plainer details. Same size. Years? Thanks!
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
11,541
Central Arizona
Old topic but refreshing the original question. Anyone know the years these lightweight Schwinn Wing badges were used? The earliest ones were brass with nice Deco highlights. (World, early Traveler, ?)
Later (Racer, etc.) were aluminum with plainer details. Same size. Years? Thanks!
I'm betting @rennfaron would have a good idea on the years. I'm thinking the last year used was 1963, on the Racer. The Traveler went to the starburst a few years earlier.
 

rennfaron

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 19, 2018
346
Austin, Texas
Old topic but refreshing the original question. Anyone know the years these lightweight Schwinn Wing badges were used? The earliest ones were brass with nice Deco highlights. (World, early Traveler, ?)
Later (Racer, etc.) were aluminum with plainer details. Same size. Years? Thanks!
Here is what I know...
  • The '50-51 world travelers / world models were badged the round "NEW WORLD" badge commonly found on the new worlds. (see attached '51 traveler).
  • '52 went to a one year only brass badge that not only has the deco horizontal lines, but also some nice vertical ones (see the badge attached on my '52 traveler)
  • '53 picked up the revised brass badge design as shown below. I have seen where these have a silver finish over the brass. Some examples still retain that silvering, as seen on @rollfaster badge above.
  • around '55/'56 they picked up the aluminum version and ran until '59. Styling is basically the same as the previous brass badge design. You now saw colors added to the badge to complement the bike color. Sometimes the background color changed, sometimes the lettering changed, depending on year.
  • '59 was the last year for the winged badge.
I would need to check but I am pretty sure there is a slight size difference between the brass and aluminum badges.

'51
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'52
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'53
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schwinnlax

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 14, 2016
149
53
La Crosse, WI
Interesting, the wings on the '52 badge are distinctly different from the '53 and later ones. Pretty neat!
 
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