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2013年6月 2日 (日)

Sign of the past

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It always amazes me that here in modern day Japan, one can still come across a bicycle sitting outside an old Mom & Pop family run shop that is over half a century old. This carrier bicycle obviously bears the battle scars of many years of faithful service and appears to have been recently retired.
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Vintage Japanese bicycle fans will quickly recognize the "Y" in the lamp bracket as the trade mark of the Yamaguchi Bicycle Company.Yamagushi_2

The fender ornament is broken and the paint replaced with a fine patina.
The Yamaguchi Bicycle Co., produced a brand know as "CW", the trade mark is stamped on the front fender.
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The trade mark was casted into the bolts used on the front fork stabilizers.Yamaguchi_3

Amazing, produced over a half century ago, the cloisonne head badge is still in fine condition.
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Even the rear fender stay badge is in excellent shape.
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The workmanship that went into building these wonderful machines is amazing.  Simple and sturdy manufactured back when durability and dependability were more important than eye-appeal.  Truly built-to-last.   

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