1936 Elgin Bluebird – Patent

These are the original design patent documents for the Elgin Bluebird bicycle, attributed to Kelvin H. Booty, assignor to Sears, Roebuck and Co. The application date is January 11, 1936, which is strangely a year after the bicycle was actually being sold by Sears. The application was approved on May 7, 1940, long after Sears ceased production of the bike….

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1936 Elgin Bluebird

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The Elgin Bluebird was the most radical streamlined bicycle ever produced during the 1930’s. The frame is made up of a stamped steel fuselage that is actually a structural part of the frame. There is no top tube. The fuselage also had a speedometer and headlight built into it, along with a trap door allowing stowage of tools….

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