Smith Star bicycle, ca. 1884

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This cycle was built by the H. B. Smith Machine Company, of Smithville, New Jersey. It bears the serial number 1200, and patent dates of 1880 and 1884. It was donated to the Smithsonian in 1908. According to the donor, this machine was given to his father, Benjamin F. Wilkins, around 1900. Mr. Wilkins, a member of the Capitol Bicycle Club of Washington, D.C., never rode it, as it was considered a relic when he acquired it.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1884
Associated Place
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
United States: New Jersey
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Credit Line
Gift of Thomas M. Wilkins
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
America on the Move
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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