SOUND TO THE CORE: Government engineers officially approved the Columbia Military Model for use in the World War. It is significant of the sturdiness of construction and utter trustworthiness of this model that it was selected as the Standard Bicycle for the United States Army. Completely equipped, finished in distinctive military drab, being of double bar construction and seamless tubes throughout and sound to the core, it is one of the best-value products ever produced by Westfield.
– 1919 Columbia Sales Brochure
1918 WW1 Columbia Military Model
U.S Army Issue
Frame No J18182
Photographed now, in the early morning light, on a lonely sussex beach facing toward the battlefields of a century ago, it’s not hard to imagine the sound of War. The mines and shelling from across the English Channel could even be heard in London.