Metzger Bicycle Shop in 1912

Thanks to The Night Train, we saw an excellent photo on Shorpy of the Metzger Bicycle Shop in 1912.

Lot’s of fixies and phonographs — and sundries!

We’d written about Metzger before and how he began selling and manufacturing automobiles as well as  creating auto shows, including Detroit’s.

We thought when he’d sold his interest in the Huber and Metzger Bicycle Shop in 1895 that he got out of the two-wheeled world. That was not the case.

Metzger opened his own bicycle shop which remained in operation, albeit in different locations, at least through the early 1920s. That shop also sold more than just bicycles this 1912 advertisement shows.

Where is 351 Woodward at the corner of  High Street?

High Street was replaced with I-75. 351 Woodward (now 2337 Woodward) is roughly the parking lot just north of Hockeytown.

By 1920, the bicycle shop had moved further north to 2947 Woodward near Charlotte — where the U.S. Social Forum cyclists camped this year.

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3 Responses to “Metzger Bicycle Shop in 1912”

  1. Working hiatus | The Night Train Says:

    […] high-resolution photograph of Detroit’s Huber & Metzger bike shop in 1912? (UPDATE! corrects the history on this photo. It’s actually the post-Huber & Metzger solo enterprise of W.E. Metzger.) Via […]

  2. Dave Says:

    Any relation to Kurt, same last name?

  3. Todd Scott Says:

    Not according to Kurt. “I would love to claim relationship but I don’t think so. I grew up in Cincinnati, where my father was from, and he made no mention of such a stellar relative.”

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