Are there any bicycle historians who can tell me when this 26" balloon tire bicycle was built? After checking websites on old bicycles, I would guess the early 1940's. It is a Hawthorne, the brand name sold through Montgomery Ward. The parent brand of Hawthorne bicycles was Roadmaster, made by Cleveland Welding. This bicycle has the ridge-peaked "gothic" fenders that were characteristic of Roadmaster bicycles. The paint appears to be original. It has the "skip-tooth" chainring, and there are screws on the rear wheel bracket for adjusting the tension of the chain. I bought the bike for $48 at a yard sale in Galesburg, Michigan, about eight or nine years ago.