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c.1940 `Bicycle Built for Two` by Jim and Elisabeth Young (Original, not a reprint)
Item# BookAntq-B-1940a [BookAntq-B-1940a]
Categories: Books-Antique,
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Published by Binfords & Mort of Portland, OR. Consists of 167 delightful pages with lots of humor and vivid descriptions of mountain and desert scenery. Particularly delightful are the many little anecdotes of human nature as seen from the saddles of a tandem; illustrated with photographs. This book has a paper dust jacket and also a cut-out article from the 1939 issue of `Mechanix Illustrated` with a photo (taken at the San Francisco side of the Golden Gate Bridge) of the two authors with written text about their 7,100 mile travel. They purchased the English tandem from Ernest Ohrt of San Francisco. Ernie Ohrt and his brother Hans Ohrt were bike racers as youths and lightweight cycling advocates in their bicycle industry business careers. The dimensions are 5 1/2 x 8 inches, the condition is near mint (except the paper dust jacket is a little worn). This is an image of the outside front of the dust jacket. See the picture gallery. As a side note; it is interesting that I have a c.1934 English tandem in my collection that appears to be the same frame as the Young`s SPIRIT OF FUN. My tandem bears the name Dragenham Cycles and John Hill, the proprietor. Dagenham is a suburb of East London. I believe the frame was produced by Royal Enfield a bicycle manufacturer in Redditch, England (a town nearby Birmingham).

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The dust jacket inside front panel.

 


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The dust jacket inside back panel.


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The outside front hard cover.


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An image of the inside front hard cover with an article (news release) pasted onto the page.


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An image of the inside front hard cover facing page with a two column article (news release) pasted onto the page.


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The article published in the January 1939 issue of 'Mechanix Illustrated' magazine which is pasted in one of the front pages.


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The page facing the January 1939 Mechanix Illustrated article.


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One of the front pages with a picture of Jim & Elizabeth Young on their SPIRIT OF FUN Tandem. This picture is printed on the page.


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The title page.


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The legal copyright page.


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The dedication page; to Daisy.


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Page-9, the initial page of the story (and the story is exciting, interesting and fun to read).


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Page-10, the second page of the story.


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Page-11, the third page of the story.


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Page-20 of the story.


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Page-21, a picture of Jim & Elizabeth packing THE SPIRIT OF FUN tandem.


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Page-44 of the story (they were in New Mexico).


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Page-45, a picture of Jim, Elizabeth, the tandem and some of the American Indians of New Mexico.


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Page-96 of the story; they were in Virginia.


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Page-97, a picture of them at the Atlantic coast, courtesy of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.


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Page-118, a continuation of the story, they were in Pennsylvania.


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Page-119, a picture of THE SPIRIT OF FUN tandem in their room with some of their clothes drying. They took the tandem into their room at every overnight stop (with very few exceptions).


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Page-162, a continuation of the story; they were homeward bound, back in Northern California.


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Page-163, a picture of Jim, Elizabeth and THE SPIRIT OF FUN tandem with the Northern California Pacific Ocean in the background.

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