I figured I'd post some photos of a work in progress. I got this 1942 Columbia Sports Tourist off of ebay for $9.99 - sans a lot of parts. But I've been cleaning and scraping and oiling, and I found a seat and some handlebars, so it looks kind of like a bike now!
The decals are still kind of in tact:
Unfortunately the gold pinstriping is almost entire gone now. However, the rental store's name plate is still bolted to the rear fender:
I tried to find info about Von Der Linden's, but couldn't find out much other than that they were around in the 30s and 40s and sold the things listed on the decal here.
Unfortunately, the wheels and tires are an archaic size that's no longer available, so I've located a set of Schwinn S6 rims that I'll be using. I'll probably convert it to a half inch pitch chain for the time being (I'm putting it together for my girlfriend, who has been using my bike at college, but mine is too big) and when/if I find the proper era skip tooth hub I'll put it back the way it was.
BTW, the saddle I have, uses the larger of the two diameter seatposts American bikes use - and I need it to clamp on to the skinnier variety - does anybody have the appropriate sized clamp? Thanks.