I happened onto a neat piece that came out of an estate. It is called Master Painters' Striping Tool made by the Wendell Mfg Co. Chicago 18, Illinois.
It made me wonder if the cycle companies might have used it back in the day. Here is a picture of it.
Wendell Striping Tool.jpg
I did some searching online and found a company that had patents at the same time frame in the early 30's for a product that does the same thing. It is called a Beugler Pinstriping Tool and the company is still in operation today. http://www.beugler.com/
It appears the inventor was quite the motocycle guy here is an excerpt from the about page on their website.
"The company’s tradition of excellence and pioneering spirit has survived unbroken for three generations, just as the spirit of integrity and product quality ruled the founder, a gifted and colorful Tennessean named Samuel Beno Beugler. Born in Dayton, Tennessee in 1890 and later moving to McAlester, Oklahoma he early showed his mechanical gifts by building the first automobile in the area, before any factory produced models arrived.
Then, in 1913 S.B. Beugler rode his Indian motorcycle across the U.S. to the West Coast and back, when roads were mostly dirt and mud, or boards crossing the sandy desert of the southwest."
Does anyone know for sure if these tools were used at the cycle factories? If they were used it might make a really neat article for the magazine.
There is some really neat information on the beugler site.
Just thougth I would share.