1947 Cushman Scooter
The Cushman company started in 1903 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Founded by Everett and Clinton Cushman, the company incorporated as Cushman Motor Works in 1913. Cushman began production of their 4 stroke Husky engine in 1922. Their engines were manufactured for farm equipment, pumps, lawn mowers and boats. In 1936, Cushman began making Auto Glide scooters as a means to increase the sale of their Husky engines during the Great Depression.
During World War II, Cushman’s were widely used by the armed forces as an alternative to the automobile or truck. Cushmans with big spongy tires were dropped from airplanes (with parachutes) to Army troops. Called the Cushman Airborne, they were manufactured by the thousands. Cushman’s were also used on US bases en masse for messenger service, parts couriers and the like.
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