‘Tis the season of the department store! Therefore I think it would be appropriate to dedicate the week to the OTS in it’s truest form, the department store OTS. Leading off is John H’s E.J. Korvette branded Power King. The Power King is an OTSG First and is the store brand of the now defunct E.J. Korvette. The Power King is to Korvette what the Ted Williams was to Sears, and crossed over between products.
John, to correct what you heard about the name, according to Wikipedia the stores did not get their name from a group jobless of Korean War veterans.
Hello, This is my daily commuter and weekend road warrior. It’s a 1978 Power King that I rescued from a dumpster. The frame is in remarkably good shape though it is a bit bent/twisted. Not a lot of corrosion and still using the original cables. Replaced the tubes and tires due to rot, and bar tape was chewed. Judging by the wear on the cogs and chain wheel she hadn’t seen much action. Apparently the Power-king was an in-house brand for a now defunct department store called Korvetts. Korvetts as I understand, was started by a group of Korean war veterans, hence the name, because they had trouble finding work upon returning home from service. Doesn’t it seems a little odd that they would be selling a Korean made bike? If any of your readers knows anything about the bike or Korvetts store or anything surrounding the plight of the veterans at that time I would really appreciate hearing about it. As a side note my son added the ammo can as a fathers-day present.