As nice as this ad is, it’s a bit deceptive, too. The price $19.95 jumps off the page making you think that you can purchase the Ranger Ace shown for less than $20 (a pretty penny in ’36). Yet, if you read carefully, you’ll see that that price is for the Mead Sentinel shown below in a tiny drawing. Still, the Ace is pretty impressive, “electrically equipped and streamlined” as was the fad in the thirties. About the only streamlining visible is on the fender light and chainguard. Later bikes took it all the way and included grips shaped like rockets, teardrop-shaped pedals, even horizontally mounted seat springs.

1936 Ranger Ace Ad


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