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Boy's Book of Heroes (WWI, bike tires, history)

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Boy's Book of Heroes (WWI, bike tires, history)

I almost posted this in the "last acquisitions of 2014" thread, but felt it deserves it's own.

I don't know how many of you saw this in E-Bay vintage last week, but it caught my eye, going at just under $3.00. I ended up the only bidder, perhaps having an avid interest in both bicycles and Great War history sets me apart?

This pamphlet is a 24 page bit of propaganda targeting young boys in the post WWI era. It was put out by Goodyear, no date listed. It's a very interesting piece for me, as I developed a strong interest in the history of both World Wars while stationed in Europe. In any case, without further rambling; here it is:

[IMG]Boy's Book of Heroes by mtypinski, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Boy's Book of Heroes by mtypinski, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Boy's Book of Heroes by mtypinski, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Boy's Book of Heroes by mtypinski, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Boy's Book of Heroes by mtypinski, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Boy's Book of Heroes by mtypinski, on Flickr[/IMG]
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My grandfather was shipped to France for WWI, so I've always had an interest. Cool find. Palmer tires were mentioned in a Sherlock Holmes story, “The Adventure of the Priory School”.
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Originally Posted by poprad
It was put out by Goodyear, no date listed.
How come it has Goodrich plastered all over it?

Seriously, nice find!
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I love vintage hand drawn illustrations. They're the best.
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Thanks for making copies to read, I love this stuff.
Edit: Not enough story, too much advertising, a great look at how things were sold back then.
Great history.

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Originally Posted by Scooper
How come it has Goodrich plastered all over it?

Seriously, nice find!
HAHA!! As my Marine DI used to say; "it's called attention to detail numbnuts!" Apparently is till don't quite get it....
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More pics and info on this please!
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Originally Posted by poprad



[IMG]Boy's Book of Heroes by mtypinski, on Flickr[/IMG]
I just decided to look up the story-

Osmond Ingram did indeed toss all the depth charges- his Medal of Honor citation:

For extraordinary heroism in the presence of the enemy on the occasion of the torpedoing of the Cassin, on 15 October 1917. While the Cassin was searching for the submarine, Ingram sighted the torpedo coming, and realizing that it might strike the ship aft in the vicinity of the depth charges, ran aft with the intention of releasing the depth charges before the torpedo could reach the Cassin. The torpedo struck the ship before he could accomplish his purpose and Ingram was killed by the explosion. The depth charges exploded immediately afterward. His life was sacrificed in an attempt to save the ship and his shipmates, as the damage to the ship would have been much less if he had been able to release the depth charges.


By the way, the "young" gunners mate was 30.

I was looking for the story about Elmer from the 318th Infantry- No luck. I did find an Elmer Bartlett that received the Distinguished Service Cross for:

Crawling forward under heavy machine *** fire. Private Bartlett, assisted in
bringing a wounded comrade to safety.


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Originally Posted by Scooper
How come it has Goodrich plastered all over it?

Seriously, nice find!
They are the other guys.


Cool piece of history poprad, odd that it was in the auctions bike section, but it found you.
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For decades, Schwinn built bicycles for the B.F. Goodrich chain stores.

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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy
I just decided to look up the story-

Osmond Ingram did indeed toss all the depth charges- his Medal of Honor citation:

For extraordinary heroism in the presence of the enemy on the occasion of the torpedoing of the Cassin, on 15 October 1917. While the Cassin was searching for the submarine, Ingram sighted the torpedo coming, and realizing that it might strike the ship aft in the vicinity of the depth charges, ran aft with the intention of releasing the depth charges before the torpedo could reach the Cassin. The torpedo struck the ship before he could accomplish his purpose and Ingram was killed by the explosion. The depth charges exploded immediately afterward. His life was sacrificed in an attempt to save the ship and his shipmates, as the damage to the ship would have been much less if he had been able to release the depth charges.


By the way, the "young" gunners mate was 30.

I was looking for the story about Elmer from the 318th Infantry- No luck. I did find an Elmer Bartlett that received the Distinguished Service Cross for:

Crawling forward under heavy machine *** fire. Private Bartlett, assisted in
bringing a wounded comrade to safety.


Nicely researched, I was planning to look some of these up myself but you beat me to it!
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Originally Posted by poprad
Nicely researched, I was planning to look some of these up myself but you beat me to it!
I didn't do a very good job- I'll bet you could uncover a great amount of fascinating stuff looking into the "Elmer" story. I would have thought that the US wouldn't have sent 14 year olds in ANY capacity. It seems that 12 and 14 year olds were accepted into the British army and navy with a little wink. That practice slowed when conscription gave better numbers of better prepared soldiers. I read of a 14 year old British soldier dying in a gas attack at Ypres.

I find WWI history amazing. It seems so much more foreign and so much longer ago than WWII. All the images are in B/W and the motion pictures make everyone move all jerky, so it doesn't seem as "real." There's so many amazing stories that I read for the first time.

BTW- thanks for posting this.
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Originally Posted by poprad
More pics and info on this please!
WW1 Columbia military model bicycle

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that is pretty dominant.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy
I didn't do a very good job- I'll bet you could uncover a great amount of fascinating stuff looking into the "Elmer" story. I would have thought that the US wouldn't have sent 14 year olds in ANY capacity. It seems that 12 and 14 year olds were accepted into the British army and navy with a little wink. That practice slowed when conscription gave better numbers of better prepared soldiers. I read of a 14 year old British soldier dying in a gas attack at Ypres.

I find WWI history amazing. It seems so much more foreign and so much longer ago than WWII. All the images are in B/W and the motion pictures make everyone move all jerky, so it doesn't seem as "real." There's so many amazing stories that I read for the first time.

BTW- thanks for posting this.
You're welcome. I have a lot of pics from my travels in France and Belgium last year to see many, many WWI (and II) sites. Once I have time to organize and throw them onto Flickr I'll share the link on here for those interested. If you haven't seen a copy, the excellent book put out by the USG "American Armies and Battlefields in Europe" is still avail from the USG printing office. Printed in the 30's it's still an excellent primer for the U.S. involvement and as a tour guide to the regions and cemeteries. I managed to see much of the St Mihiel, Verdun Meuse/Argonne, and Belleau/ Aisne/Marne and Flander's Fields/Ypres regions. It was several sobering long weekend trips.
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