06 June 2010

Bicycle Sales 1896-1944

Husqvarna Bicycle Sales
An interesting historical document. The number of bicycle sold by Husqvarna Weapons Factory from 1896-1944.

Funny... a weapon manufacturer selling bicycles. But Husqvarna was founded in 1689 and focused on weapons from the start. Over the course of a few centuries they branched out to produce bicycles, but also sewing machines, kitchen equipment, motorcycles and chainsaws.

Interestingly, sales peaked during both world wars.

9 comments:

Jacob said...

The paper says motorcyklar ( motorbikes ) But yes they have also produced bikes.

You can visit their museum next time you go to Sweden

http://www.sydsverige.dk/?pageID=49

wee folding bike said...

It's 1886.

BSA made guns too, Birmingham Small Arms, and set up the standard component sizes for bottom brackets.

Frits B said...

Confusing years: 1689 founded, sales graph starts 1896. And the motorcycle branch now belongs to BMW ....

Isn't it logical that bicycle sales peaked during the wars? People had to look out for cheaper transport, and none is more economical than the bicycle.

l' homme au velo said...

They also make lawnmowers as well,I had one some Years ago a Handmower.

I suppose when People could not use Cars during the War they had to use Bicycles as they could not afford Cars anymore.

Brent said...

Some years back my mother advertised a "used Husqvarna for sale" in the classified ads. It took some minutes for her first caller to realize she was selling a sewing machine and not a motorcycle.

Passeio Completo said...

I am not an expert in the field or anything, but to me it seems wrong to assume that before WWII the bike would be the "cheaper" mode of transportation. We must remember that the car culture did not start until after the war. The bike would be, and still is, the most autonomous mode of transportation, one that does not rely too much on existing infrastructure nor supply chains. Fuel shortages and bombardment of infrastructure would not affect it too much.

wee folding bike said...

My school chum Wee Peter had a Husqvarna patch on his biker's jacket. We used to derive much gentle fun from ribbing him about sewing machines.

Foss said...

Jacob is right, it seems to say that the figures include motorcycles from 1908 to 1938. "Motorcyklar medräknade 1908-1938"

I'd say this reduces the usefulness of the document a bit.

Kim said...

No surprise sales peaked during both world wars. These were times of fuel rationing and increased demand for transport.