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    Trade Sign (Boy Riding Bicycle)

    • Maker: Lewis Simon, American, 1884-1970
    • Medium: Painted wood, metal, rubber, other materials
    • Place Manufactured: Brooklyn, New York, United States
    • Dates: 1932-1934
    • Dimensions: 40 1/2 x 18 x 23 in. (102.9 x 45.7 x 58.4 cm)  (show scale)
    • Markings: Metal plate with manufacturer's mark on front shaft of bicycle frame was painted over.
    • Signature: no signature
    • Inscriptions: no inscriptions
    • Collections:Decorative Arts
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Orientation Gallery, 5th Floor
    • Exhibitions:
    • Accession Number: 74.29
    • Credit Line: H. Randolph Lever Fund and the Dick S. Ramsay Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Lewis Simon (American, 1884-1970). Trade Sign (Boy Riding Bicycle), 1932-1934. Painted wood, metal, rubber, other materials, 40 1/2 x 18 x 23 in. (102.9 x 45.7 x 58.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund and the Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 74.29. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, 74.29_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: Trade sign in form of boy riding a bicycle. Painted and carved wooden figure of boy with simplified form and jointed body parts (bolts through ankles, knees, hips, and shoulders); wearing blue shirt and knee breeches; inset glass marbles for eyes. Boy seated on bicycle with an abbreviated metal frame (handlebars, front frame of bike, shaft for seat, pedals) and a single bicycle wheel; rubber tire, handle grips and foot pedals. Bicycle mounted on inverted L-shaped metal wall bracket. Condition: Very fragile. Extensive loss to paint and large splits in wood. Rust on metal parts. Rubber deteriorating and cracking. Some of the hardware has been replaced - new bolts have been used in hip and under seat. Picture wire holds one foot on pedal.
    • Record Completeness: Good (76%)
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