Can you identify my bike? What year is my bike? These are the two most asked questions I get. 

 Serial numbers are a good start to identifing the year of a Columbia bike. One of the drawbacks is the serial number charts for Westfield made bicycles only go from 1936 to 1972. 

 On many older Pope/Westfield made bikes the head badge offers a clue. The model number is stamped into the badge and the model number is year specific. 

 On this page I will include both the known serial number charts and model number/year lists for older bikes. I will also be adding information on serial number years and production numbers as I get it.

 There is no way to include all models in this list but my hope is this will help some in identifing their bikes.

 

1877 - 1878

1877......
The Pope Mfg. Co.
founded in Boston Mass.

1878......
In January of 1878 Albert A. Pope starts importing bicycles from England

1878......
In September of 1878 Col. Pope approaches the Weed Sewing Machine Co. in Hartford Ct. about building bicycles.

1878......
November of 1878 the first bicycles are made in Hartford. These are a copy of an English bike the Bayliss Thomas Duplex Excelsior.

1879 - 1892
 

1879.…..

Columbia Bicycle

1880.…..

Special Columbia

Standard Columbia

Mustang

Youth’s Mustang


1881......

1882.…..

Expert Columbia

Special Columbia

Standard Columbia

Mustang

Youth’s Mustang

Challenge Tricycle, No.2 44-inch wheels

Folding Challenge Tricycle, No.2 44-inch wheels

Challenge Tricycle, No.6, 48-inch wheels

1883.…..

Expert Columbia

Columbia Racer

Standard Columbia

Mustang

Columbia Tricycle


1884......

1885.…..

Expert Columbia

Columbia Light Roadster

Columbia Racer

Standard Columbia

Columbia Tricycle

Columbia Two-Track Tricycle

1886.…..

Expert Columbia

Columbia Light Roadster

Standard Columbia

Columbia Safety (High Wheel)

Columbia Semi-Roadster

Columbia Racer

Columbia Two-Track Tricycle

Ladies’ Columbia Two-Track Tricycle

Columbia Racing Tricycle

1887.…..

Expert Columbia

Columbia Light Roadster

Standard Columbia

Columbia Safety (High Wheel)

Columbia Semi-Roadster

Columbia Racer

Columbia Two-Track Tricycle

Ladies’ Columbia Two-Track Tricycle

Columbia Tandem

Columbia Racing Tricycle

1888.…..

Columbia Light Roadster

Expert Columbia

The Volunteer Columbia

The Veloce Columbia (The first “Safety” style bicycle by Columbia)

Columbia Safety (High Wheel)

Columbia Semi-Roadster

Standard Columbia

Columbia Racer

Columbia Racing Tricycle

Columbia Light Roadster Tricycle

Ladies’ Columbia Two-Track Tricycle

The Surprise Columbia Tricycle

Columbia Tandem

1889.…..

Columbia Tandem

The Surprise Columbia Tricycle

Columbia Light Roadster

Expert Columbia

Volunteer Columbia

Columbia Semi-Roadster

Columbia Light Roadster Safety

Columbia Tandem Safety

1890.…..

Columbia Light Roadster Safety

Columbia Ladies’ Safety

Columbia Tandem Safety

Columbia Light Roadster (High Wheel)

Expert Columbia (High Wheel)

Volunteer Columbia (High Wheel)

Columbia Semi-Roadster  (High Wheel)

The Surprise Columbia Tricycle

Columbia Tandem Tricycle

Columbia Racer (High Wheel)

1891.…..

Columbia Light Roadster Safety

Columbia Light Roadster Safety  with Cushion Tires

Columbia Ladies’ Safety

Columbia Light Roadster (High Wheel)

Expert Columbia (High Wheel)

Volunteer Columbia (High Wheel)

Columbia Semi-Roadster  (High Wheel)

Columbia Tandem Tricycle

Columbia Racing Safety

Columbia Racer (High Wheel)

1892.…..

The Century Columbia

The Century Road Racer

Columbia Light Roadster Safety 

Columbia Ladies’ Safety

Columbia Racing Safety

Columbia Light Roadster (High Wheel)

Expert Columbia (High Wheel)

Volunteer Columbia (High Wheel)



 

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This style name plate used through 1894.  (Pope Mfg.Co.)

1893.…..The first year Columbia used model numbers

Model 32.…Men’s Century Columbia

Model 32.…Men’s  Road Racer

Model 30.…Men’s

Model 29.…Men’s

Model 27.…Men’s Light Roadster Safety

Model 28.…Ladies’  Safety

Model 31.…Ladies’

Model  ……Columbia Racing Safety


1894.…..

Model 34.…Men’s

Model 35.…Woman’s

Model 36.…Men’s

Model 37.…Semi-Racer

Model 38.…Men’s Tall

Model 39.…Men’s

Model 33.…Men’s

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1895 - 1899  (Pope Mfg.Co.)

Model Number on top of the badge.
Patent Information on sides of badge.


1895.…..

Model 40.…Men’s

Model 41.…Women’s

Model 42.…Men’s

Model 43.…Tandem (woman in front, man in back)

Model 44.…Racer


1896.…..

Model 40.…Men’s

Model 41.…Women’s

Model 42.…Men’s

Model 43.…Tandem (woman in front, man in back)

Model 44.…Racer


1897.…..

Model 45.…Men’s

Model 46.…Women’s

Model 47.…Tandem (Diamond Frame)

Model 48.…Tandem (woman in front, man in back)


1898.…..

Model 50.…Men’s Chainless

Model 51.…Women’s Chainless

Model 45.…Men’s Chain

Model 46.…Women’s Chain

Model 47.…Tandem (Diamond Frame)

Model 48.…Tandem (woman in front, man in back)

Model 49.…Racer


1899.…..

Model 59.…Men’s Chainless

Model 60.…Women’s Chainless

Model 57.…Men’s Chain

Model 58.…Women’s Chain

Model 61.…Men’s Chain with 30 inch Wheels

Model 47.…Tandem (Diamond Frame)

Model 48.…Tandem (woman in front, man in back)


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Some badges have "American Bicycle Company" banner on top, others do not.

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1900 - 1903  (American Bicycle Company, Hartford Ct.)

1900.…..

Model 65.…Men’s Chainless

Model 66.…Women’s Chainless

Model 63.…Men’s Chain

Model 64.…Women’s Chain


1901.…..

Model 74.…Men’s Chainless

Model 75.…Women’s Chainless

Model 72.…Men’s Chain

Model 73.…Women’s Chain

Model 27.…Men’s Hartford

Model 28.…Women’s Hartford

Model 29.…Men’s Vedette

Model 30.…Women’s Vedette


1902.…..

Model 81.…Men’s Chainless

Model 82.…Woman’s Chainless

Model 84.…Men’s Roadster

Model 85.…Women’s Roadster

Model 83.…Men’s Racer or Light Roadster

Model 86.…Men’s Cushion Frame

Model 87.…Women’s Cushion Frame

Model 31.…Men’s Hartford

Model 32.…Women’s Hartford

Model 33.…Men’s Vedette

Model 34.…Women’s Vedette

Model 88....Men's Cushion Frame Two Speed Chainless (This was a mid or late year addition and does not show up in the 1902 catalog. Head Badges on Two Speeds clearly show 1902 and Model 88 on the same badge. The 1903 Catalog states the Two Speeds were new for 03')


1903.…..

Model 108...Men’s Two Speed and Spring Fork Chainless

Model 109...Women’s Two Speed and Spring Fork Chainless

Model 104...Men’s Chainless

Model 105...Women’s Chainless

Model 102...Men’s Cushion Frame

Model 106...Men’s Cushion Chainless

Model 101...Men’s Columbia Special

Model 99.…Men’s Chain Columbia

Model 100...Women’s Chain Columbia

Model 97.…Men’s Hartford

Model 98.…Women’s Hartford

Model 95.…Men’s Vedette

Model 96.…Women’s Vedette

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1904 - 1908  (The Pope Mfg.Co. Hartford Ct.)
Model Number stamped on right side of badge. Model number will indicate year.


 

1904.…..

Model 138...Men’s Two Speed Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 139...Women’s Two Speed Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 134...Men’s Chainless

Model 135...Women’s Chainless

Model 132...Men’s Columbia Superb

Model 130...Men’s Cushion Frame

Model 131...Women’s Cushion Frame

Model 128...Men’s Columbia

Model 129...Women’s Columbia

Model 126...Men’s Hartford

Model 127...Women’s Hartford


1905.….

Model 154....Men’s Two Speed Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 155...Women’s Two Speed Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 150...Men’s Chainless

Model 151...Women’s Chainless

Model 148...Columbia Superb

Model 146...Men’s Cushion Frame

Model 147...Woman’s Cushion Frame

Model 144...Men’s Light Roadster

Model 145...Women’s Light Roadster

Model 142...Men’s Hartford

Model 143...Woman’s Hartford

1906.….

Model 154....Men’s Two Speed Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 155...Women’s Two Speed Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 150...Men’s Chainless

Model 151...Women’s Chainless

Model  156...Men’s Cushion Frame

Model 157...Women’s Cushion Frame

Model 158...Men’s Light Roadster

Model 159...Women’s Light Roadster

Model 160...Men’s Columbia

Model 161...Women’s Columbia

Model 162...Men’s Hartford

Model 163...Women’s Hartford


1907.…….

Model 700.…Men’s Cushion Frame Chainless

Model 701.…Women’s Cushion Frame Chainless

Model 704.…Men’s Standard Chainless

Model 702.…Men’s Standard Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 705.…Women’s Standard Chainless

Model 703.…Women’s Standard Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 706.…Men’s Cushion Frame

Model 707.…Women’s Cushion Frame

Model 710.…Men’s Light Roadster

Model 711.…Women’s Light Roadster

Model 712.…Men’s Columbia Chain

Model 708.…Men’s Columbia Chain with Cushion Frame

Model 713.…Women’s Columbia Chain

Model 709.…Women’s Columbia Chain with Cushion Frame

Model 714.…Men’s Hartford Chain

Model 715.…Women’s Hartford Chain


 

1908.…….

Model 800.…Men’s Cushion Frame Chainless

Model 801.…Women’s Cushion Frame Chainless

Model 804.…Men’s Standard Chainless

Model 802.…Men’s Standard Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 805.…Women’s Standard Chainless

Model 803.…Women’s Standard Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 810.…Men’s Light Roadster

Model 811.…Women’s Light Roadster

Model 808.…Men’s Cushion Frame

Model 809.…Women’s Cushion Frame

Model 812.…Men’s Columbia Chain

Model 813.…Women’s Columbia Chain

Model 814.…Men’s Hartford Chain

Model 815.…Women’s Hartford Chain

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1909 - 1913  (The Pope Mfg. Co. , Hartford Ct.)
Similar to the 1895 - 1899 smooth badge but no patent infromation on sides. Model number stamped on badge.

1909.……

Model 900.…Men’s Chainless Two-Speed Cushion Frame

Model 901.…Women’s Chainless Two-Speed Cushion Frame

Model 904.…Men’s Chainless

Model 905.…Women’s Chainless

Model 910.…Men’s Columbia Special

Model 908.…Men’s Cushion Frame Roadster

Model 912.…Men’s Roadster

Model 913.…Women’s Roadster

Model 914.…Hartford Men’s Roadster

Model 915.…Hartford Women’s Roadster


1910.……

Model 00.…Men’s Chainless

Model 01.…Women’s Chainless

Model 04.…Men’s Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 05.…Women’s Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 010...Men’s Columbia Special

Model 011...Columbia Racer

Model 012...Men’s Roadster

Model 013...Women’s Roadster

Model 08.…Men’s Cushion Frame Roadster

Model 014...Hartford Men’s Roadster

Model 015...Hartford Women’s Roadster


1911.……


1912.……

Model 200...Men’s Two-Speed Chainless

Model 201...Women’s Two-Speed Chainless

Model 204...Men’s Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 205...Women’s Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 210...Men’s Columbia Special

Model 211...Columbia Racer

Model 212...Men’s Roadster

Model 213...Women’s Roadster

Model 208...Men’s Cushion Frame Roadster

Model 214...Hartford Men’s Roadster

Model 215...Hartford Women’s Roadster


1913.……Last year to show Hartford Ct.

Model 300...Men’s Two-Speed Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 301...Women’s Two-Speed Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 304...Men’s Chainless

Model 305...Women’s Chainless

Model 310...Men’s Columbia Special

Model 311...Columbia Racer

Model 312...Men’s Roadster

Model 313...Women’s Roadster

Model 308...Men’s Cushion Frame Roadster

Model 314...Hartford Men’s Roadster

Model 315...Hartford Women’s Roadster

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1914 - 1915 (Pope Mfg. Co , Westfield Mass)
Stamped with model number. First digit of model number is last digit of year.

1914.……First year to show Westfield Ma.

Model 400...Men’s Two-Speed Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 401...Women’s Two-Speed Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 404... Men’s Chainless

Model 405...Women’s Chainless

Model 410...Men’s Columbia Special

Model 411...Columbia Racer

Model 412...Men’s Roadster

Model 413...Women’s Roadster

Model 408...Men’s Cushion Frame Roadster

Model 413...Hartford Men’s Roadster

Model 415...Hartford Women’s Roadster


1915.……

Model 500...Men’s Two-Speed Chainless with Cushion Frame

Model 504...Men’s Chainless

Model 505...Women’s Chainless

Model 510...Men’s Columbia Special

Model 511...Columbia Racer

Model 512...Men’s Roadster

Model 513...Women’s Roadster

Model 508...Men’s Cushion Frame

Model 514...Hartford Men’s Roadster

Model 515...Hartford Women’s Roadster

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1916 - 1936 (Westfield Mfg. Co, Westfield Mass)
Model no. stamped on early models until mid 20’s. First digit of model number is last digit of year up to 1920.

1916.……

Model 604...Men’s Chainless

Model 605...Women’s Chainless

Model 608...Men’s Cushion Frame

Model 612...Men’s Roadster

Model 613...Women’s Roadster

Model 611...Columbia Racer

Model 614...Hartford Men’s Roadster

Model 615...Hartford Woman’s Roadster


1917.……

Model 704...Men’s Chainless

Model 705...Women’s Chainless

Model 711...Columbia Racer

Model 706...Columbia Motobike

Model 712...Men’s Columbia Superb

Model 713...Women’s Columbia Superb

Model 716...Men’s Roadster

Model 716-W…Women’s Roadster

Model 71A…Arch Bar

Model 710...Service Model


1918.……

Model 804...Men’s Chainless

Model 805...Women’s Chainless

Model 812...Men’s Superb

Model 813...Women’s Superb

Model 816...Men’s Roadster

Model 816W…Women’s Roadster

Model 806...Motobike

Model 811...Racer

Model 81A…Arch-Bar

Model 810...Service


1919.……

Model 912...Men’s Columbia Superb

Model 913...Women’s Columbia Superb

Model 91 A…Arch Bar

Model 916...Men’s Roadster

Model 916-W…Women’s Roadster

Model 904...Men’s Chainless

Model 905...Women’s Chainless

Model 906...Motobike

Model 910...Service Model

Model 911...Racer


1920……

Model 04...Men’s Chainless

Model 05...Women’s Chainless

Model 012...Columbia Superb

Model 013...Women’s Columbia Superb

Model 016...Men’s Roadster

Model 016-W…Women’s Roadster

Model 006...Motobike

Model 011...Racer

Model 01-A…Arch Bar

Model 010...Service

Model 06-H…Camelback

Model B…Military


1921 starts with letters to designate year.


1921.……M

Model M2...Men’s Superb

Model M1...Men’s Chainless

Model M5...Women’s Roadster

Model M4...Men’s Roadster

Model M8...Motobike

Model M7...Junior Roadster

Model MB…Military

Model M6...Arch Bar

Model M3...Racer


1922.……N

Model N2....Men's Sport Model Superb

Model N1.…Men’s Chainless

Model N5.…Women’s Roadster

Model N4.…Men’s Roadster

Model N8.…Motobike

Model N7.…Junior Roadster

Model N3.…Racer

Model N6.…Men’s Archbar

Model N2-LR….Men’s Light Roadster

Model NJ3...Boy’s Juvenile 17” Frame

Model NJ1...Boy’s Juvenile 15” Frame

Model NJ4...Girls Juvenile  17” Frame

Model NJ2...Girls Juvenile 15” Frame


 

1923.……A

1924.……B
Model B1.…Men’s Superb

Model B6.…Men’s Roadster

Model B10...Women’s

Model B7.…Junior Roadster

Model B3.…Archbar Superb

Model B8.…Archbar Roadster

Model B9.…Motobike

Model BJ11...Boy’s Juvenile

Model BJ12...Girl’s Juvenile

Model B5.…Road Racer

Model B4.…Special Racer


1925.……C
Model C1.....Columbia Superb
Model C6.....Roadster
Model C10....Ladies' Sport
Model C7......Junior Roadster
Model C9T....Motobike, completely equipped
Model C9......Motobike, un-equipped
Model C3......Archbar Superb
Model C8......Archbar Roadster
Model CJ11...Boys' Juvenile

1926.……D
Model D5.......Road Racer
Model D4.......Special Racer
Model D1.......Columbia Superb
Model D6.......Roadster
Model D10.....Ladies' Sport
Model D7.......Jr. Roadster
Model D9T.....Motobike, fully equipped
Model D9.......Motobike, un-equipped
Model D3.......Archbar Superb
Model D8.......Archbar Roadster
Model DJ11....Boys' Juvenile
Model DJ12....Girls' Juvenile

1927.…..E

 Model E-6.…Men’s Roadster

Model E-8.…Archbar Roadster

Model E-7.…Junior Roadster

Model E-9T…Motobike

Model E-9.….Same as Motobike but no tank, lamp, horn, and lock

Model EJ-11...Boy’s Juvenile

Model E-10...Women’s

Model EJ-12...Girls Juvenile

Model E-4.…Special Racer

Model E-5.…Road Racer

Model E8-SD…Special Delivery

After this “Model No.” still appears on badge but there is nothing stamped next to it continuing until 1935.

The following years may have serial numbers starting with these letters corresponding with the catalog model numbers. The serial numbers will be on the frame under the crank hanger.


1928.......F
Model F-8……Archbar Roadster
Model F-6……Roadster
Model F-7…….Junior Roadster
Model F-9T……Motobike (equipped)
Model F-9…….Motobike (unequipped)
Model FJ-I……Boys’ Juvenile
Model F-10……Women’s
Model FJ-2……Girls’ Juvenile
Model F-4……Racing with two piece hanger
Model F-5……Racing with one-piece hanger
Model F9-SD……Special Delivery

1929.......G
Model G-6......Roadster
Model G-8......Arch Bar Roadster
Model G-9......Motobike
Model GJ-I......Boys' Juvenile
Model G-7......Junior Roadster
Model G-4......Racing with two piece hanger
Model G-5......Racing with one-piece hanger
Model G-9SD......Special Delivery


1930.......H
Model H-6......Roadster
Model H-8...... Arch Bar
Model H-9......Motobike
Model HJ-1......Boys' Juvenile
Model H-7 ......Junior Roadster
Model H-9T......Motobike
Model H-10......Women's
Model HJ-2......Girls' Juvenile
Model HJ-1T......Boys' Junior Motobike
Model H-4......Racing with two piece crank
Model H-5......Racing with one piece crank
Model H9-SD......Special Delivery



1931......J
Model J-8......Archbar Roadster
Model J-9......Motobike
Model JJ-1T......Boys' Junior Motobike
Model JJ-1......Boys' Juvenile
Model J-7......Junior Roadster
Model J-9T......Motobike (equipped)
Model J-10......Women's
Model JJ-2......Girls' Juvenile
Model J-4......Racing (one piece crank)
Model J-5......Racing (two piece crank)
Model J-9SD......Special Delivery


1932......K

Model K-7......Superb Junior Roadster
Model K-9......Superb Motobike
Model K-8......Superb Archbar Roadster
Model K-10......Superb Women's
Model KJ-1T......Superb Boys' Junior Motobike
Model KJ-1......Superb Boys' Juvenile
Model KJ-2......Superb Girls' Juvenile
Model K-9T......Superb Motobike
Model K-4.......Racing with two piece crank
Model K-5......Racing with one piece crank
Model K-5B......Racing with one piece crank and New Departure Brake
Model K-9SD......Superb Special Delivery

Standard Models;
Model SK-9T......Motobike
Model SK-7......Junior Roadster
Model SKS-9......Special Motobike
Model SK-10......Women's
Model SJ-1T......Boys' Junior Motobike
Model SJ-2......Girls' Juvenile


1933......L or NSL or NL     First year for the balloon tire bike from Westfield Mfg. on some models.
Standard Models;
Model NSL-7......Drop Bar Roadster

Model NSL-7T......Drop-Bar Roadster (fully equipped,square tank frame, without fork truss)
Model NSL-9......Men's Motobike (truss Fork)
Model NSL-9T......Men's Motobike (fully equipped, square frame tank, Truss Fork)
Model NSL-10......Woman's
Model NSL-1T......Boy's Junior Motobike (fully equipped, square tank, Truss Fork)
Model NSL-1......Boy's Juvenile, 17" frame 26" wheels
Model NSL-124......Boy's Juvenile, 16" frame 24" wheels
Model NSL-2......Girl's Juvenile, 17" frame 26" wheels
Model NSL-224......Girls' Juvenile, 16" frame 24" wheels
Model NSL-220......Girls Juvenile, 15" frame 20" wheels


Suberb Models;
Model NL-7......Men's Drop-Bar Roadster
Model NL-7T......Men's Drop-Bar Roadster (fully equipped, square frame tank, without truss)
Model NL-9......Men's Motobike
Model NL-9T......Men's Motobike (truss fork, round frame tank, fully equipped)
Model NL-10......Woman's
Model NL-5......Men's Road Racer
Model NL-5B......Men's Road Racer with coaster brake
Model NL-1......Boy's Juvenile, 17" frame 26" wheels
Model NL-2......Girl's Juvenile, 17"frame 26" wheels
Model NL-1T......Boy's Junior Motobike (fully equipped, square tank, truss fork)
Model NL-9SD......Men's Special Delivery



1934......M..........."BB" code "A" (see 1936 - 1945)

 Model M7......Superb Camel Back
Model M7B......Superb Camel Back Balloon
Model M9......Supeerb Motobike
Model M9T......Superb Motobike Equipped
Model M10B......Superb Woman's Balloon
Model M1......Superb Boy's Juvenile
Model M2......Superb Girls' Juvenile
Columbia Twinbar Airider....no Model designation
Model M9SD......Superb Special Delivery
Model M5......Superb Racer with fixed rear hub
Model M5CB......Superb Racer with coaster brake


1935......N..........."BB" code "B" (see 1936-1945)

Model N7B......Superb Camelback Balloon
Model N9B......Superb Motobike Balloon
Model N9TB......Superb Fully Equipped Motobike Balloon
Model N10B......Superb Woman's Balloon
Model N4......Gentleman's Roadster
Model N3......Superb Twinbar Airider
Model N1......Superb Boy's Juvenile
Model N2......Superb Girl's Juvenile
Model N5......Superb Racer
Model N9SD......Superb Special Delivery

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1936 - 1945 (Westfield Mfg. Co. Westfield Mass) Some 1936 models still used the old style badge.

Mounting holes are horizontal, one slightly higher than the other.

 This starts serial numbers being stamped on the frame under crank hanger. The letter preceding the serial number indicates year of manufacture. Often there will be a separate letter with a number near or above the serial number. The meaning of this code is only now starting to be understood. It may start as early as 1934 and seems to be a year and month code for the frame. Please refer to the chart at the bottom of the page*. If you notice from the chart 1934 which has serial numbers starting with "M" have the extra code in the "BB Code" column with an "A" then a number. It has been noticed that these numbers only go up to 12 and they seem to progress numerically up as the serial numbers do but not always in sequence. The conclusion is that they represent the year with the letter and month with the number of the manufacture of the frame. Frames may have remained in the factory anywhere from days to months and sometimes longer before they were built into complete bikes so this may explain the small discrepancies between the BB codes and the actual serial numbers. 

 

 To break it down, the number would be 1 for January, 2 for February and so on up to 12 for December.

 The letters seem to be as follows;

 

A = 1934

B = 1935

C = 1936

D = 1937

E = 1938

F = 1939

G = 1940

H = 1941

The letter I is skipped. This may be because it is too similar to the numeral 1

J = 1942

K = 1943

L = 1944

 

This form of identification seems to break at 1944 as no "M" shows up in 1945. There are some early 45's with frames no doubt made in late 1944 with "L" and later ones with "N" codes so "M" may have been skipped for some reason.  In 1946 a new stamping machine seems to have been put in operation as the numbers are smaller and more uniform. Also, the BB code is gone completely. 

 

These codes are especially helpful when trying to date military models where the date code for the serial number does not indicate the year.  

 

 

1936.……A5429 - A266083..............................................................................BB code "C"

1937.……B5000 - B195407..............................................................................BB code "D"

1938.……C5000 - C130896..............................................................................BB code "E"

1939.……D5000 - D156044..............................................................................BB code "F"

1940.……E5000 - E168879..............................................................................BB code "G"

1941.……F5000 - F213132 and G5000 - G17433...........................................BB code "H"

1942.……G17434 - G112858...........................................................................BB code "J"


1942-45....MF, MG, MC....These are the prefixes for Military Issue Columbia Models. MC is likely Marine Corps issued bikes. 

                           

1943.……G112859 - G195135........................................................................BB code "K"

1944.……G195136 - G200000 and W5001A - W85244A.............................BB code "L"

1945.……J5000 - J114781..............................................................................BB code "N" ?


 

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Postwar badge used from 1946 until 1960. (Westfield Mfg. Co. Westfield MASS)

Mounting holes are vertical (top and bottom of badge)


1946........K5000 - K256116

1947.……L5001 - L313474

1948.……M - 5001 - M345445

1949.……M345446 - M525640

1950.……N5000 - N59606 and R5000 - R182877

1951.……R200000 - R539588

1952.……R659514 - R804246

1953.……R804247 - R855423 and W5000 - W217999

1954.……W21800 - W376443

1955.……A5000 - A197956

1956.……B500 - B95332 And C5001 - ?

1957.……C105021 - C288230

1958.……D5125 - D199613

1959.……E5000 - E273125

1960.……H5000 - H259120

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1961 Until 1975 (Columbia Mfg. Co. Westfield Mass)

Small Badge used on childrens bikes.

1961.……K5000 - K205465

1962.……L205466 - L425743

1963.……M425744 - M617828 and N617829 - N624001  and N5000 - N26183

1964.……N26184 - N370693

1965.……N375000 - N817898

1966.……R100000 - R464982

1967.……R464982 - R842814

1968.……R842814 - R987209 and S5000 - S331191

1969.……S331193 - S767191

1970.……S767191 - S950093 and W500 - W242733

1971.……W242733 - W752146

1972.……W752146 - W803303
1973

1974
1975


 Please note that the serial number records provided by the factory are incomplete and only go up to 1972. Bikes made after 1972 do have serial numbers but there is simply no known record of the years they represent. As in earlier years the letter date codes may have been re-used from other years as they had done in the past. Also note that the serial numbers on Tandem and Twosome  Columbia's do not fit in with the charts on this page. To identify model years of a tandem go to the "Tandem Columbia's" page of this site to do a visual identification.

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1976 - 1983

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1976 was the first year for this new aluminum badge pictured above. It was replaced by the sticker version shown below in the next couple of years. The sticker version was used until 1983.

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1984 - 1988

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1989 - 1990

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Goldcrest was a name Columbia use from the late 70's to the mid 80's. The early ones used the aluminum badge and later ones the sticker type.

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The "Classic by Columbia" line was produced in the 1980's and early 1990's as a higher end bike than the rest of the Columbia line.

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Vista was a brand started by a group of bicycle dealers in the 1960's. The early bikes were made by Columbia. Later, Vista's were made in Japan.

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This is a color chart used for most of the 50's. These color combinations were available on most models from that era.

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 The following code chart was compiled by Adrian Hardgrave with the help from members of the CABE website. Adrian also known as "MERCIAN" on the CABE has graciously allowed this to be published here. It can also be found on the CABE and Liberator web sites. This project was undertaken to try and unlock manufacture dates of military contract bikes during WWII but has spilled over into pre-war and civilian bikes as well. The chart lists known bikes with their serial number and BB Code along with other construction and model details.
 
 The "BB CODE" on the chart is helpful in determining the year and month that the frame was manufactured. As the frame may have stayed unfinished in the factory for days, weeks or even months in some instances this code does not always reflect the time the entire bike was completed but is a valuable resource nonetheless.

      
Westfield Frame Serial Number List 1933 - 1945
V.2 December 2016. Adrian Hardgrave
PrefixFrame Serial N°TypeDetailBB CodeHub TypeHub CodeChainring Type
1933L
L4276N/KN/KN/KN/KN/KN/K
L16241ElginFalconNothingN/KN/KStar
1934M
M22412WestfieldMen'sN/KN/KN/K6 Sunrise
M38886WestfieldN/KN/KN/KN/KN/K
M51502ElginMen'sN/KN/KN/KStar
M70554WestfieldN/KN/KN/KN/KCoffin
M84504WestfieldAiriderN/KN/KN/K5 Small Heart 1/2"
M90245WestfieldRugbyA9N/KN/K6 Sunrise
M94772WestfieldSuperbN/KN/KN/KStar
M100956N/KN/KA10N/KN/KN/K
M111104WestfieldWomen'sN/KMorrowD46 Cherub
1935N
N9401ElginGirl'sB1N/KN/KN/K
N9701ElginBlackhawkB1N/KN/KN/K
N14009SuperbBoy'sB1N/KN/KN/K
N14038ElginOrioleN/KN/KN/KStar
N16914WestfieldMen'sB2N/KN/KStar
N22446ElginMen'sN/KN/KN/KStar
N38602ElginN/KN/KN/KN/KN/K
N41838MeadRangerN/KMorrowE16 Sunrise
N59091ElginOrioleN/KN/KN/KStar
N77698ElginBalloonN/KN/KN/KN/K
N79343ElginOrioleN/KN/KN/KStar
N94231 (A106716)ElginBluebirdN/KN/KN/K8 Slotted disk
N108882MiamiWomen'sB3N/KN/K6 Cherub
N109725ElginStraight BarN/KN/KN/KN/K
N109902ElginStraight BarN/KN/KN/KStar
N118578ElginBluebirdB9N/KN/KN/K
N126869ElginBluebirdB10N/KN/KN/K
N127493ElginBluebirdB?N/KN/K8 Slotted disk
N128124ElginBluebirdB10N/KN/KN/K
N131994 (A191718)ElginBluebirdB10N/KN/K8 Slotted disk
N132149ElginBluebirdB10N/KN/KN/K
N153133ElginBluebirdB11N/KN/K8 Slotted disk
1936A5429 - A266083
A7754ElginStraight BarN/KN/KN/KStar
A24456ElginMensN/KN/KN/KStar
A26297ElginRobinC3N/KN/KN/K
A33560ElginRobin?C4N/KN/KN/K
A45510ElginBluebirdB12N/KN/KN/K
A62741ElginBalloonN/KN/KN/KStar
A68447Mead?Ranger?C5N/KN/K6 Sunrise
A78810WestfieldSuperbN/KN/KN/K5 Small Heart 1/2"
A79***ElginBalloonC6N/KN/KStar
A89542ElginBalloonC6N/KN/KN/K
A101097N/KN/KC6N/KN/KN/K
A117264N/KBalloonN/KNDN/K5 Hollow Sweetheart
A141663ElginBalloonC8N/KN/KN/K
A148594ElginStraight BarC8N/KN/KStar
A150880ElginBalloonN/KN/KN/KStar
A161357Mead RangerN/KN/KN/KN/K
A173145ElginBluebirdB12N/KN/KN/K
A193173ElginWomen'sN/KN/KN/K5 Hollow Sweetheart
A202595ElginWomen'sC10N/KN/K5 Hollow Sweetheart
A216574ElginBluebirdN/KN/KN/KN/K
1937B5000 - B195407
B16093ElginBluebirdD1N/KN/KN/K
B19089ElginBluebirdN/KN/KN/KN/K
B25890ElginBluebirdD2N/KN/K8 Slotted disk
B81584ElginOriole? N/KN/KN/KStar
B148280ElginRobinN/KN/KN/KN/K
1938C5000 - C130896
C13753ElginRobinD10N/KN/KN/K
C16351WestfieldMen'sD6N/KN/KN/K
C27631ElginMen'sN/KN/KN/KN/K
C31425N/KN/KN/KN/KN/KN/K
C31853N/KN/KE4N/KN/KN/K
C34356ElginN/KD11N/KN/KN/K
C58259CrawfordWomen'sN/KMorrowH15 Small Heart 1/2"
C60161ElginBluebirdE7N/KN/KStar
C73*06ElginBluebirdD10N/KN/KN/K
C81655ElginRobinE9N/KN/KN/K
C86443ElginBluebirdN/KN/KN/KN/K
C87255N/KWomen'sE10N/KN/K5 Small Heart 1/2"
C103097ElginMen'sE10N/KN/KN/K
C122838ClipperMen'sN/KN/KN/KCoffin
C125250ElginMen'sE11N/KN/KStar
C130017WestfieldWomen'sE12NDN/K6 Cherub
1939D5000 - D156044
D8948WestfieldTwin BarE11N/KN/KN/K
D21134N/KWomen'sE8N/KN/KN/K
D84339ElginN/KF6N/KN/KN/K
D137484CollegiateMen'sF11N/KN/K8 Slotted disk
1940E5000 - E168879
E27331F92L Civ.CompaxG3MorrowJ15 Small Heart 1/2"
E36051BalloonMen'sN/KN/KN/K5 Small Heart 1/2"
E57578ElginStraight BarG6N/KN/K8 Slotted disk
E61626Copy G519Straight BarG6N/KN/KN/K
E93047OrioleCurved BarG7NDN/KCoffin
E101564ElginWoman'sN/KN/KN/K4 Slotted disk
E121103Curved seat tubeCurved Seat BarG9MorrowN/K8 Slotted disk
E145323ElginWomen'sN/KN/KN/K4 Slotted disk
E149696SeminoleWomen'sG11N/KN/K6 Cherub
1941F5000 - F213132 and G5000 - G17433
F8988ElginWomen'sN/KN/KN/K4 Slotted disk
F15440ElginMen'sH2N/KN/KN/K
F25849SterlingWomen'sH2NDN/K5 Small Heart 1/2"
F34100WestfieldWomen'sN/KN/KN/K5 Small Heart 1/2"
F38933ElginCurved Seat BarH3N/KN/K8 Slotted disk
F59115BalloonCurved BarH5N/KN/KCoffin
F77085F92L Civ.CompaxN/KNDN/K5 Small Heart Skip
F86189WestfieldN/KH4N/KN/KN/K
F161184CarnivalWomen'sN/KN/KN/K4 Hollow Lima Bean
F164xxxWestfieldWomen'sN/KNDN/K5 Small Heart Skip
F187793KleindinstMen'sH10N/KN/KN/K
F193851ElginWomen'sH9N/KN/K4 Slotted disk
F197742DavegaMen'sH11NDN/KCoffin
F21xxxxWestfieldMen'sH11N/KN/KN/K
1942G17434 - G112858
G29121F92L  Civ.CompaxJ1N/KN/KN/K
G32010N/KElgin, Boy'sH11N/KN/KN/K
G32615N/KWomen'sN/KN/KN/K4 Hollow Lima Bean
G34557VG295Sport TouristH12N/KN/KN/K
G36869VG295Sport TouristH7?NDN/ASmall non-heart
G40085BalloonCurved BarJ2NDN/ACoffin
MG41727G519Curved BarN/KMorrowN/KCoffin
MG43298G519Curved BarN/KMorrowN/KCoffin
MG43393G519Curved BarN/KMorrowN/KCoffin
MG43488G519Curved BarN/KMorrowN/KCoffin
MG43592G519Curved BarN/KMorrowN/KCoffin
MG43665G519Curved BarJ2MorrowN/KCoffin
MG43678G519Curved BarJ2MorrowN/KCoffin
MG46245G519Curved BarJ3MorrowN/KCoffin
MG47926G519N/KN/KMorrowN/KN/K
MG47928G519Curved BarN/KMorrowN/KCoffin
MG48466G519Curved BarN/KMorrowN/KCoffin
MG48766G519Curved BarJ3MorrowN/KCoffin
G48953BalloonCurved BarJ2N/KN/K4 Hollow Lima Bean
MG49232G519Curved BarJ3MorrowN/KN/K
G53975VG296Sport TouristJ4NDN/A5 Small Heart Skip
MG54243G519N/KN/KMorrowN/KN/K
MG54445G519Curved BarN/KMorrowN/KCoffin
G62962VG296Sport TouristJ8?NDN/A5 Small Heart Skip
G65334VG296Sport TouristJ6N/KN/KN/K
MG68264G519Straight BarN/KN/KN/KCoffin
G69996VG296Sport TouristJ6NDN/A5 Small Heart Skip
G76645VG295Sport TouristJ7N/KN/AN/A
G82699VG295Sport TouristJ8NDN/A5 Small Heart Skip
G85657VG296Sport TouristJ7NDN/AN/A
MG87566G519Straight BarN/KMorrowN/KCoffin
MG87743G519Straight BarN/KMorrowN/KCoffin
MG88661G519Straight BarN/KMorrowN/KCoffin
MG89652G519Straight BarJ9MorrowM3N/K
MG92217G519Straight BarJ9MorrowN/KCoffin
MG94023G519Straight BarJ10MorrowN/KCoffin
MG94039G519Straight BarJ10MorrowN/KN/K
MG96502G519Straight BarN/KMorrowN/KCoffin
MG97997G519Straight BarJ10 MorrowN/KCoffin
MG99828G519Straight BarJ10 MorrowN/KCoffin
MG100330G519Straight BarN/KMorrowN/KCoffin
MG100646G519Straight BarJ9MorrowN/KCoffin
MG100875G519Straight BarN/KMorrowN/KCoffin
1943G112859 - G195135
MG116892G519Straight BarJ10 MorrowN/KCoffin
MG118674G519Straight BarN/KMorrow(Replaced)Coffin
MG118720G519Straight BarK1MorrowN/KCoffin
MG119086G519Straight BarK2MorrowN/KCoffin
MG120037G519Straight BarN/KMorrowN/KCoffin
W129893VG296Straight BarK5NDN/A5 Small Heart Skip
MG134319G519N/KN/KMorrowN/KSweetheart
MG134475G519Straight BarK4?MorrowL2Sweetheart
MG135749G519Straight BarN/KMorrowN/KSweetheart
MG136504G519Straight BarN/KMorrowN/KSweetheart
MG137313G519Straight BarN/KMorrowM3Sweetheart
MG137342G519Straight BarK6MorrowM1Sweetheart(Replaced)
MG138969G519Straight BarK6MorrowN/KSweetheart
MG139872G519Women'sK6MorrowN/K5 Small Heart Skip
MG140092G519Women'sK6MorrowN/K5 Small Heart Skip
MG140418G519Women'sK6MorrowN/K5 Small Heart Skip
MG141499G519Women'sK7MorrowN/K5 Small Heart Skip
MG141623G519Women'sK7MorrowN/K5 Small Heart Skip
MG141650G519Women'sK7MorrowN/K5 Small Heart Skip
MG141762G519Straight BarK7MorrowM2Sweetheart
MG142656G519Straight BarN/KMorrowN/KSweetheart
MG143313G519Straight BarN/KMorrowN/KSweetheart
MG145375G519Straight BarN/KMorrowN/KSweetheart
MG145642G519Straight BarN/KMorrowN/KSweetheart
W149035F92L Mil.CompaxK7N/KN/KN/K
MG151142G519Straight BarK8Morrow(Replaced)Coffin (Replaced)
MG151647G519Straight BarN/KMorrowN/KSweetheart
MG153717G519Women'sK8MorrowN/K5 Small Heart Skip
MG154118G519Straight BarK8MorrowM2Sweetheart
MG154703G519Women'sK8MorrowN/K5 Small Heart Skip
MG154713G519Women'sN/KMorrowN/K5 Small Heart Skip
MG156708G519Straight BarK8MorrowN/KSweetheart
MG156811G519Straight BarN/KMorrowN/KSweetheart
W173905VG296Sport TouristK10N/KN/KN/K
MC188336G519N/KN/KMorrowN/KN/K
1944G195136 - G200000 and W5001A - W85244A
MG198492G519Straight BarL1MorrowM4Sweetheart
MG6771AG519Straight BarL1MorrowN/KCoffin
MG6945AG519Straight BarN/KMorrowN/KN/K
W13050AVG296Straight BarN/KNDN/A5 Small Heart Skip
MC14625AG519Straight BarL1MorrowM3Coffin
MC14626AG519Straight BarL1MorrowM1Coffin
MC14629AG519Straight BarL1MorrowN/KCoffin
MC14643AG519Straight BarL1MorrowL1 (?)Not Original. Coffin
G15186AF92H Mil.CompaxN/KNDN/A5 Small Heart Skip
G15894AF92H Mil.CompaxH2?NDN/A5 Small Heart Skip
W37297AVG296Sport TouristL?N/KN/KN/K
W47532AVG296Sport TouristL6N/KN/KN/K
G77552AF92H Mil.CompaxL8N/KN/KN/K
W76814ACivilianWomen'sL9N/KN/KN/K
W83468ACivilianWomen'sL2?NDN/A5 Small Heart Skip
1945J5000 - J114781
J5049BalloonMen'sL12N/KN/ACoffin
J5364F92H Mil.CompaxL12N/KN/KN/K
J14110J70L Women's2NN/KN/A5 Small Heart Skip
J21156CivilianBalloonN3N/KN/KCoffin
J23777F92H Mil.CompaxN3N/KN/KN/K
J33428F92L Mil.Compax2NN/KN/KN/K
J55849F92L Mil.CompaxN/KN/KN/KN/K
J60934CivilianElgin, mensN/KN/KN/K4 Lima Bean
J72603F92L Mil.CompaxNoneN/KN/KN/K
J79689J70LWomen'sNoneN/KN/K4 Lima Bean
J80655J69LMen'sNoneMorrowO24 Lima Bean
J83496F92L Mil.CompaxN/KN/KN/KN/K