Hybrid Brakes: Coasters and Cables in the U.S.In the United States, among other places, the coaster brake was was the braking system of choice for many years. Coaster brakes seem to have been popular in very flat places, like the Netherlands, and in the United States (which is sometimes flat, and sometimes not).
I will not go through all that, but I will say that from the 1920s through the 1960s, if a company wanted to sell bikes in the United States, it had to look seriously at adding a coaster brake.
While not all consumers in the U.S. had coaster brakes on their bicycles (all-hand brake bikes certainly existed), most did.
The classic American balloon tire bikes almost always had coaster brakes. A few had a front brake, but many had only the rear coaster.
It accelerates and brakes like any other Model D, though the lighter bicycle makes it easier to pedal than a full weight tank bike.
Westfield also made an all-hand brake model, the Sports Tourist, while Schwinn's New World bicycles could be bought with a coaster, two hand brakes, or a combination of brakes.
English Variation: Rod Brake and Coaster Brake
This bicycle originally came with a single speed, Perry coaster brake in the rear, though I have swapped this for a Sturmey Archer TCW coaster brake 3 speed.
While the English made bicycles for sale in Britain with this brake set up (they actually marketed them to pipe smokers, so the rider could smoke while riding), the set up was never as common as full, front and back rod brakes.
The result here is a peculiar mixture of a front rod brake (truly English in style) and a rear coaster (very much American).
My suspicion is that this bicycle was not marketed for a pipe smoker, but that it was a variation of Hercules Model C meant for the U.S. market, where a coaster brake would be a good selling point and would make the bicycle more familiar to Americans, who were used to a coaster.
It should be remembered that in the 1930s and 40s, Hercules was one of the largest exporters of British bicycle to America, in many years exceeding even Raleigh in exports to the U.S.