Re: [CR]Early Paramount Cranks

(Example: Production Builders:Peugeot:PX-10LE)

Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 12:24:29 -0700
From: "Tam Pham" <terminaut@gmail.com>
To: "Tom Sanders" <tsan7759142@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: Re: [CR]Early Paramount Cranks
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On 8/9/07, Tom Sanders <tsan7759142@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
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> Did they build them in house, or were they built by another manufacturer?

I had forgotten that I have a book put out by Schwinn to commemorate their 50th anniversary, "50 Years of Schwinn Built Bicycles", which was originally published in 1945. In one of the pages with photos of Paramount cranks and various other parts, the text says "Arnold, Schwinn, & Company is today the only manufacturer of fine, precision-built cycle parts in America". With that claim I am inclined to believe that they manufactured the cranks themselves.

What's even more interesting is that there are a bunch of photos from inside the factory and I was surprised to see that the had their own tube milling machinery. I'll get scans of the photos posted later this eve, including a noteworthy one showing the framebuilding area full of women building (non-Paramount) frames!

Tam Pham
Huntington Beach, CA - USA