AN IVER JOHNSON VELOCIPEDE
Loads of safe fun for any little boy or girl. Built by the same skilled mechanics that make the Iver Johnson Bicycle. Vital parts drop-forged; front axle bearings in a forged, hardened, ground steel housing that does away with all projecting screws and nuts. Flush joints throughout, and full one inch rubber cushion tires.
Made in three sizes, with baked-on enamel, either red or blue with white head; full nickel fork; all nickel plating over copper. Extra number of heavy spokes eliminates all spoke trouble. Other mechanical innovations make the Iver Johnson “America’s best liked Velocipede.”
– Popular Science Monthly, December, 1924
Iver Johnson was not the largest cycle producer like Columbia, but they had a very steady trade from the late 1890s to the 1930s. Although they were best known for their flagship ‘Truss-bridge’ bicycles (and, of course, their guns), they helped popularise the velocipede children’s tricycle in the 1920s when they were one of the leading suppliers. By the 1930s, many other companies had muscled in on this area of the bicycle trade, though most did not make tricycles as well as Iver Johnson, who applied the same high standards to their children’s models as their adult bicycles.
1929 Iver Johnson Velocipede Tricycle
16″ Front Wheel
10″ Rear Wheels
WIDTH: 18″ (Handlebars)
The brightwork on this 16″ Iver is rusty but the paintwork is is well-preserved, including the lettering on the backbone and the Iver Johnson ‘diamonds.’ The handlebar is a wider gauge than other juvenile tricycles, so a 7/8″ bicycle torpedo grip will fit.
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