Whalen and Janssen Laminated Wood-Frame Bicycle

Description
At the beginning of World War II, John T. Whalen, with Webster E. Janssen of the Janssen Piano Co., Inc., developed this laminated-wood-frame bicycle in order to conserve metal for the war effort. Wood subsequently proved to be more critical than metal, so the bicycle was not marketed. This bicycle weighs approximately 31 pounds. Its fork, saddle, handlebars, and elliptical frame are made of laminated wood, while the wheels are metal.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1942
maker
Janssen Piano Co., Inc.
ID Number
TR.313040
catalog number
313040
accession number
173992
Credit Line
Gift of Webster E. Janssen
subject
Bicycling
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
America on the Move
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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