L.W. Keenan Champion branded bikes...Colson Heavy Service and ACE HIGH brands as well

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  1. Phil Fink

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    Thanks for the link, Phil. Champion is such a common word throughout the bicycle world, that it would be hard to make a confident guess that the above is in anyway related. There was a Champion brand in Australia (which the script in the above badge matches very well...but, the 'Made in the USA' makes that unlikely, a Europe Champion, a BMX Champion brand...and then a ton of different models of bike called Champion. So...searching for info is not super productive. My inclination is, that the above badge isn't related to either of the Keenan's...but, that is no more than a guess.

    The script is ridiculously similar to these hand painted logos on a very old Australian 'Champion' branded bike...
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    Check'd it...and snagged it :thumbsup:

    Thanks for the heads up. That may help tie in the sticker from LA that I posted earlier in the thread. Hopefully there will be an 'about' statement left in it :grin:

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    I actually posted all the Keenan badge shots on a thread for hardware store badged bikes on thecabe. But, from the dates it looks like he raided this thread a week before I posted him for the thread above :grin:.

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    However...a fortuitous fluke. When I click on Phil's link above from my phone...I get a different thread. That thread (badges that have never been on a bike) only had four pages, and lo and behold on page 2!

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    It looks same era and general shape as your Ace High badge, maybe CWC as well.
     
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    I figured there must have been some F.P. Keenan branded bikes out there! Thanks Phil, for pointing this one out, very cool!

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    A couple more tidbits linking the seemingly prewar Portland L.W. Keenan to the evidently Los Angelos postwar L.W. Keenan. Dunelt british bike ads from '55/'56...

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    ...also found a bit of info indicating an L.W. Keenan Manton & Smith bike, but no picture of the badge :doh:...

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    That's all for now!
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