Schwinn Panther Bicycle, 1953

Schwinn Panther Bicycle, 1953

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This is a Model D-77 balloon-tire Schwinn Panther girl's bicycle made by Arnold, Schwinn and Co., Chicago, Illinois in 1953. Balloon-tire bicycles for girls and boys, introduced by Schwinn in 1933, intrigued millions of young Americans with the promise of personal mobility, and appealed to their imaginations with features that simulated automobiles and motorcycles. A typical model had long fenders, whitewall tires, streamlined styling, and a dummy gasoline tank containing a battery-powered horn. Mechanical features included internal-expanding brakes and shock-absorbing spring forks. Sales of children's balloon tire bicycles increased after World War II and remained strong until the late 1950s. Schwinn was an innovator and one of the largest makers of bicycles at the time.
Object Name
Other Terms
Bicycle; Road
date made
Arnold, Schwinn and Co.
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
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Credit Line
Gift of James Lyle Hurd
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
America on the Move
America On The Move
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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