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March 4, 2013 at 2:39 PM

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Postcards from the past: Police bicycle auction, 1942


Sgt. Harvey O'Brien, assisted by Patrolman F.L. Mitchell, is shown trying to bid up a bicycle. Note both adults and children in crowd.

The increased demand for bicycles was demonstrated at the Police Department's bicycle auction Feb. 14, when a large crowd assembled at the Public Safety Building and paid $413 for 41 bicycles, one tricycle and a scooter. Bidders paid from $3 to $27 each for the bicycles, bids averaged $4 higher than usual. Many of the bicycles were purchased by adults because of the war's effect on the cost of automobile transportation.

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It's a war on cars! MORE
$10 would have been a day and half of wages for for the average US worker in 1942. Wow. MORE