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Dear Ms. Matthews,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives catalog and located the series Property at Precinct Books, 6/1/1906 - 9/30/1915 in the Records of the Government of the District of Columbia (Record Group 351) that contains records for the inventory of equipment and supplies for the Third Metropolitan Police Precinct in Washington, DC. It is possible that bicycles purchased for the precinct are mentioned. For more information about this series, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at Archives1reference@nara.gov.
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We suggest viewing the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department Bicycle Unit website since it includes historical photographs of the police force using bicycles.
Finally, we searched the Smithsonian Institution website and located The Safety Bicycle and Beyond but It does not include any bicycles made by Rodda Manufacturing. The listing has two unprocessed photographs items that may be what you seek.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck in your family research!
Wow thank you so much Charleen. This information is invaluable. I really appreciate all of your efforts and my extended family were equally thrilled to read everything you shared. Thank you!
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Chuck Gallagher might be able to help you. I believe he is the go to contact for all things related to MPD history. Good luck in your search.
Thank you! That web page looks very helpful. I'll try to contact them!