Re: [CR]Early Paramount Cranks

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Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 18:28:17 -0700
From: "Tam Pham" <terminaut@gmail.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR]Early Paramount Cranks
In-Reply-To: <b27bc5c00708141224g1f3bf34ck11ff5921c0485fcb@mail.gmail.com>
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I've uploaded some photos on to my site of the Schwinn factory operations from 1945. The album can be viewed here:

http://chainedrevolution.com/CS/photos/default/category1053.aspx

Here's a direct link to a large version of the frame building area, which looks to be mostly women:

http://chainedrevolution.com/CS/photos/default/images/360/original.aspx

Tam Pham Huntington Beach, CA - USA

On 8/14/07, Tam Pham <terminaut@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> On 8/9/07, Tom Sanders <tsan7759142@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> >
> > 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