Tuesday, 17 August 2004
Early USA Bicycle Making Center
CREDIT: © Dave's Vintage Bicycles/Nostalgic.net
WHERE: Chicopee Falls, MA, USA. WHAT: A.G. Spalding & Bros. bicycle makers.
MAP: Chicopee, Springfield, MA. Thumbnail pops-up larger image.
During a recent foray into bicycle history, occasioned by a memory of our own cycling past, we visited once again the Nostalgic.net web site, which is a web presence for Dave's Vintage Bicycles. Shunning the searchable database (Codd's Rules being more often honored in the breach than the observance - no offence intended to Chad Yates, Dave Stromberger, or Greg Armstrong) we slavered as we read down the index of entries. Gadzooks! An 1895 Spalding!
American readers will be familiar with Spalding, a big name to this day in baseball equipment, footballs (the oval one handed variety), golf equipment, or even the pink and smelly Spalding High-Bounce Ball, known as a 'Spaldeen'. Others, let us say those whose birth date scrapes into the second half of the twentieth century even if only by a whisker, may remember riding Spalding bicycles in their youth. Regular readers may recall the 1897 Spalding military model issued to the Buffalo Soldiers for their astounding 1,900 miles on a journey from Missoula, MT, to St. Louis, MO.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)