Goodyear Blue Streaks - white w/blue stripe

Discussion in 'Antique Motorized Bicycles' started by DougC, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. DougC

    DougC Guest

    Two quick notes:
    1) I know my old tires web page is gone, I took it down, that's not important right now
    2) I am still doing the tire-making project, but it is taking a while (about a year so far... :whistling: )

    Anyway, for your viewing pleasure......

    I was searching for vintage photos of Goodyear Blue Streak bicycle tires (the checkerboard ones, during the years 1915-1920) to try to figure out if any part of them really was blue.... at least during that time.... and I haven't figured that out yet. But I did run across a couple photos of another version of the "Blue Streaks" that I had not ever seen before-

    This one shows a corrugated style tire-
    http://www.baggersmag.com/features/0804_hrbp_jeff_decker_art_of_wax_bronze/photo_13.html

    This is another shot, but the tire is worn and looks like a slick-
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/brooklands/3568806248/

    These seem to be the only two examples of photos of this particular tire style online.

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    Previous to about 1935, tires for land vehicles were frequently colored to promote brand identification. Figuring out how they were colored can be difficult, if they pre-date colored advertisements... -And even if you do find a modern photograph of a color ad or signage, you can't be certain that the colors had not shifted over the last 80-90 years.

    Sometimes woodblock print ads would explain the color scheme, and sometimes there are technical descriptions saying what the rubber in the tread or sidewalls contained, which can provide a clue. Many times you simply don't know.
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