Jc Higgins bicycles were sold by Sears. As a dept. store brand, they weren't manufactured by Sears, but rather contracted out, styled with Jc Higgins graphics and paintwork for Sears, and re-sold by Sears under the new name. Various companies made Jc Higgins bicycles at various times- Murray, Monark, and Westfield/Columbia are the manufacturers that come to mind immediately.
Legend has it there was a strike (probably at Murray) in 1956, so Sears went with some different co.'s to fill the demand. I've seen some made by Stelber, and Chain bike (Ross) from around then, I suspect the Monark built JCH's were from the same time. There have been a couple Monark built Elgins discovered too. -Adam
yeah, i gotta agree with everyone else here. prewar jchs were called elgins and primarily built by columbia/westfield and maybe a few oddbalss too, but postwar jchs were primarily murray with a few huffies (i.e. my 61' huffy built jch deluxe, with a wf ser#) and i guess monark as well. i learn something new here everyday. sweet bike by the way!
Yeah, I bumped into this when searching for something else. I really like this style of girls Higgins bikes. The fact that so many companies built these bikes for Sears, made my trial and error tank purchases an expensive proposition. But this time I know for sure what I need, and now I'm practically an expert on what NOT to buy.
See, this is why these ancient posts are still here, relevant 9 years later! I'll add to my original comment that Murray was building their new TN factory in '56, and gearing up for the new Flightliner bikes, no strike. And the '56 bikes w/3 pc cranks were imported by Stelber. -Adam