This photograph is from early to mid 1960. Any ideas as to what this bicycle is? This has been bothering me for decades. Can't find anything like it anywhere.enter image description here

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    It's almost certainly a department store bike -- Sears, Western Auto, etc. Jan 3 '21 at 19:35
  • (The frame appears identical to many "Western Flyer" images, but I can't find a matching "tank".) Jan 3 '21 at 19:44
  • (And apparently the same frame style was used by Sears, Schwinn, and Columbus) Jan 3 '21 at 19:51
  • I’m sure it says Schwinn on the chain guard but my eyes are not that great and if I zoom I’m it goes blurry. The guys foot being in the way doesn’t help either
    – Dan K
    Jan 3 '21 at 20:37
  • Long shot, but do you still have access to the bike ?
    – Criggie
    Jan 3 '21 at 23:35

It's a 1961 Hawthorne Twin Bean Tank Bike sold by Montgomery Ward.

enter image description here 1961 Montgomery Ward Christmas Book page 180

Here's one in the wild
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The model was sold in 1960 and 1961. The 1960 version has slightly different graphics.

The Hawthorne bikes were made by CWC (Cleveland Welding Company) the maker of the Roadmaster bicycles) since 1934, and were distributed by Montgomery Ward across the country.

  • Yep, 100% match. Even without the paint pattern matching, that full sized tank is fairly unique. Jan 5 '21 at 15:30
  • Great find +1, did you know or was that a lot of Google
    – Dan K
    Jan 5 '21 at 19:02
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    @DanK It was a lot of Google. The clue of early to mid 60s helped. I knew it was a department store bike so finding the Sears / Montgomery Ward / JC Penny catalogs online gave me a resource.
    – David D
    Jan 5 '21 at 19:29
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    +1, Well done!! Jan 7 '21 at 5:57

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