Hawthornes (sold by Montgomery Wards) were made by CWC and Snyder at first, then were mostly made by Snyder, who made Rollfast. When CWC moved to Arkansas with the forward facing dropouts, then all Hawthornes were Snyder I think.Rollfasts are ok. Ride pretty good. Not incredible. I think they just look cool.
I built a 24” Rollfast for my daughter in last year’s BO, flipped a black one a few summers ago.
the black one was super cool And sold it to a college kid who was going to use it as a commuter.
the bikes were never high volume bikes and were made in NY, mostly Little Falls, which is an hour or two from Central New York, so they’re pretty common around here.
I think they were sold through hardware and farm stores.
if you find one for $100 or so, and it’s pretty complete, nab it!
I rode a 57 Rollfast way back in the 70's to my job at Denny's and back everyday. There are tons of them out there. None around where I live though.
I would have liked to keep my 42 Hawthorne, same as a Rollfast, but it would have been a small fortune to ship it here. Maybe I should have cut up the frame to fit in a small box, then have it welded back together here.