Early Goodyear skip-tooth bicycle

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Found this at an antique shop today for $18 listed as "Garden decor". Has a serial number on the left dropout shown in the photo. Anyone know how to decide it as to about what year it is?
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If you can work that master link loose on the chain, you can make your money back.
i can get you in the ball park. It’s somewhere in the 50’s. Prob mid to late 50’s.
 
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It looks like Columbia by the frame and paint job, and serial number font size. N is 1950, but I think they already went to forward dropouts by then. My serial number list shows just an "N" at the end of 1945, not enough info.
 

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It's a 1950. The stripped models of Columbias had these fat rear facing dropouts.

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I've read on thecabe that the sears catalog ('47… I think) states that only deluxe models have front facing dropouts, standard and below have rear facing...

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Goodyear would have spec'd their models as well.

Note that your frame is setup for a bolt on kickstand, skiptooth, and no provisions for a chain guard. I think that makes it Goodyear's version of the 'low priced adult model' in the ad above.
 
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Great find, great deal. That crank and chainring is great. The tooth count on girl's bikes makes for easier pedaling.
 
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Thanks for the info guys. It's good to be back for a bit. Hopefully I can think of something cool to do with it.... Maybe some 24x3s... Maybe some lowrider 100 spoke wheels... Gonna give it a linseed oil bath just to help protect it and make the colors pop.
 
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Yep after closer inspection the fork is bent. Going to try my hand at bending it back straight.
 

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