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JIM Christmas Wish List: Bikes advertised for Christmas gifts in 1955



2017-12-17 - Adair County, KY - Photo from the collection of JIM.
Gift ideas available from this Columbia business in 1955 showcased Schwinn bikes starting at $39.95 (Fair Trade Price) or one of many rebuilt bikes for $22.50, from M & W Auto Parts. The store stayed open until 10pmCT, Christmas eve for the guilt ridden Dad who forgot his son or daughter's Christmas would be ruined if the Schwinn weren't under the tree. Two who can add details about this business are Fay McKinley whose late husband L.G. Peanut McKinley was a partner with E.P. Waggener, and teenaged salesperson Ed Waggener whose name is on the ad. We're hoping they will send more details about where the bike business was located and who might have received a shiny new Schwinn that year when time allows. And thanks to JIM for sharing this from his research. - Linda Waggener


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