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Old 03-22-13, 08:58 PM
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Saw an Indian Enfield a few years back. Good looking bike. The silly overstyled pseudo-Indian engine makes me cry. Few motorcycles are as pretty as a real Indian Chief. American Baroque at it's finest.
My second vehicle was an Enfield Indian after my dad made made me sell my 57 Chevy cause I wasn't old enough for a car licence. That's basically a 700cc Royal Enfield Interceptor with 1 Amal carb and an Indian logo. I sold it for $200.....same price for the '57 T-Bird sitting in the weeds that I turned down

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Old 03-24-13, 10:46 AM
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GAF - used to make film to compete with Kodak back in the 126 and 35mm days.
Ozark Airlines-used to serve the Midwest.
McDonnell-Douglas
C&IM - Chicago & Illinois Midland RR; now Illinois Midland RR.
Iverson Bicycles
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Old 03-25-13, 05:54 PM
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Suntour. At least in the USA.
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Old 03-26-13, 11:37 AM
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Defunct Airlines

I got to thinking about airlines and wondered what happened to Texas International. So I did a search on the internet and hit on this wonderful blog listing many of the now defunct airlines with a note about what happened to the airline and a photo. Enjoy!

https://kerfuffle.typepad.com/kerfuff...-airlines.html

Ride On!
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Old 03-26-13, 12:38 PM
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Old 03-26-13, 03:59 PM
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C. Itoh (swallowed up by Bridgestone)

Dont even get started with snowmobiles.
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Old 03-26-13, 04:22 PM
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C. Itoh (swallowed up by Bridgestone).
They made the BEST dot matrix printer back in the day - the "ProWriter".
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Old 03-26-13, 06:15 PM
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Plymouth Valiant. Remember, it had a slant 6 and push button transmission.
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Old 03-26-13, 06:37 PM
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Agfachrome. With the free mailer to Paramus, NJ.
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Old 03-27-13, 08:30 AM
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Back on bikes. It seems odd to me that when a brand is established, why they cant stay in business. They have a supply network and brand name that people know. Yet they seem to go out of business, maybe due to bad management. Then another brand comes along and all of a sudden you see people riding bikes with a name on them they you have never heard before. They of course have to start up, get a supply network, advertise, and all the things they have to do to get their bikes out there.
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Old 03-27-13, 10:28 AM
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Plymouth Valiant. Remember, it had a slant 6 and push button transmission.
My first car was a 1964 Dodge Dart with the slant six and pushbutton tranny. I actually still have dreams where I still own that car, it was a nice red convertable that I got for $300.00, kind of a lot for a high school kid back in around 72 or so. Dodge just brought back the Dart, so I guess that brand just was resting for a bit.
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Old 08-12-13, 06:31 AM
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Can't seem to find a number of bicycle components that really hot in the 90's when everyone was buying cool CNC made parts in the many anodised colors.

Critical Racing - canti's brakes
Machine Tech - hubs and Zero Flex canti brakes
Topline - cranks
Cook Bros - RSR cranks, CBR cranks,
Kooka - Kooka Kranks, Kooka Billet Stem,
Grafton - Mag-lite canti brakes, Joystix mtn cranks, Speed Case ti BB, Speedtrap mtn pedals, Speedlite road pedals
Paul Components - Love Levers, Stoplight canti brakes,
Race Face - LP mtn cranks,
OnZa - HO clipless pedals,
Klein - Mission Control handlebar/stem,
Gorilla - rear derailleur

Some frame manufacturers also disappeared.

Mountain Goat
American M16
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Old 08-12-13, 07:12 AM
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Old 08-12-13, 07:17 AM
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For every one mentioned there are 10 or more that the entire company is gone with only the name remaining.
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Old 08-12-13, 12:24 PM
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My grandmother always went to the gulf station in town because even in the 90's they still pumped the gas for only a penny or two more than the self service stations. When she was killed within a week that station closed, hopefully not connected.
Gold bond stamps
B & W stamps
Kreskies
Is Piggly Wiggly still around?
We had an old style A&W with the frozen mugs until the 90's too.
We used to have a Montgomery Wards catalog store in town, some stuff on hand but could place orders there and get fast delivery.
Gibson's department store
Harrison's 5 and 10
Just about any town with any size around here had a Yelland & Hanes Office supply

Most of the places I think of were little mom and pop stores that the owners retired or just couldn't compete with the big box stores.
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Old 08-12-13, 01:00 PM
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I liked the cool green dinosaur on the Sinclair signs. There was one on my bike route yesterday. My daughter was clueless.
There's a fully restored station near my house. It's not in service, it's just a hobby for the guy who owns it.










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Old 08-12-13, 01:13 PM
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Plymouth Valiant. Remember, it had a slant 6 and push button transmission.
The motor that never dies.
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Old 08-12-13, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
There's a fully restored station near my house. It's not in service, it's just a hobby for the guy who owns it.










That's one heck of a hobby! Is it a working gas/service station(obviously not dispensing Sinclair product)?
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Old 08-12-13, 01:56 PM
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A couple of more obscure brands, my dad made his living at American Can Company and my first job was at Burger Chef...both long gone.
I remember nickel hamburgers at Burger Chef every Tuesday!!
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Old 08-12-13, 02:31 PM
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I remember nickel hamburgers at Burger Chef every Tuesday!!
Which they could do because they paid us $1.10 an hour.
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Old 08-13-13, 01:36 AM
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If anyone mentioned TG&Y I missed it. My dear mother in law worked as a keypunch operator for them until they closed.
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Old 08-13-13, 02:45 AM
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Maybe I missed it but I didn't see:


Lemond bikes



Italvega and Univega

I used to own a somewhat lower end Italvega (My first decent road bike) And a Univega Gran Rally just like the one above but with a dark blue suede seat and blue cotton bar wrap. Put a lot of miles on that Gran Rally.
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Old 08-13-13, 06:05 AM
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Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
In Canada, Eaton's, Woolco and Woodward's stores.
Add Wardair, Zellers and Sekine to the list. One testament to Sekine, although the company has been gone for 30 years, there are still examples of the heavy, but quality bicycles they built, still around.
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Old 08-13-13, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by otg View Post
Kelly Hamburgers
A & W root beer stands
Sears & Roebucks (soon)
International Harvestor
the city of Detroit

This subject is kind of depressing, think I'll stop here...
A&W is still around.
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Old 08-13-13, 11:27 AM
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Gambles and Coast to Coast hardware stores where Dad bought a Coronado radio. It would run off a 6v battery or 110.
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