Skip Navigation

Trade Sign (Boy Riding Bicycle)

Decorative Arts and Design

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
    CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund and Dick S. Ramsay Fund
    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.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    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 Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 74.29. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 74.29_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 74.29_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
    You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.