One Millionth Bicycle Made by Huffman Manufacturing Company, 1947

Summary

The Huffman Manufacturing Company traces its roots to 1892 in its hometown of Dayton, Ohio. The company's one millionth bicycle, built in 1947, received special upgrades to commemorate the production milestone. Its motorcycle-inspired faux fuel tank and fender-mounted headlight are typical for bikes of the era. Its 14-karat gold plating is not!

The Huffman Manufacturing Company traces its roots to 1892 in its hometown of Dayton, Ohio. The company's one millionth bicycle, built in 1947, received special upgrades to commemorate the production milestone. Its motorcycle-inspired faux fuel tank and fender-mounted headlight are typical for bikes of the era. Its 14-karat gold plating is not!

Artifact

Bicycle

Date Made

13 May 1947

Creators

Huffman Manufacturing Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Ohio, Dayton 

Creator Notes

Made by Huffman Manufacturing Company in Dayton, Ohio.

 On Exhibit

On Loan - Dayton History

Object ID

47.40.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Huffman Manufacturing Company.

Material

Chromium
Leather
Metal
Rubber (Material)
Gold Plate

Technique

Gold plating (Process)

Color

Dark blue
Gold (Color)
Red

Dimensions

Height: 38 in

Length: 71 in

Width: 27.5 in

Wheelbase: 45 in

Inscriptions

on frame in front it is marked in red across a large dark blue: D: DAYTON on seat: MADE / IN / U.S.A. / Troxel / PATENTED / GENUINE LEATHER on tires: U.S. ROYAL SUPER RIDER NYLON

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