Saturday, July 16, 2011

Diplomats Need Cycling Exercise (1912)

Article in the Washington Herald from 1912 describes cycling tour in France of socialites, accompanied by an assistant secretary of state, Alvey Adee, who was noted for his cycling and cycling tours in Europe.

US Diplomat on Cycle Tour
From the society page of the paper

Gen. Thackary believes that the whole consular corps should take a holiday on wheels for the improvement of the diplomatic service. For it would counteract the bad results of a life necessarily sedentary.

Alvey Adee of Dept of State & Bicycle
Alvey Adee at age 72 and his bike in Washington, 1914
Photo from the Library of Congress

More information about Adee.

Alvey Adee of Dept of State riding Bicycle
Adee riding in Washington
Photo from the Library of Congress

Description of Adee's diplomatic career in "Washington close-ups" By Edward George Lowery, 1921.

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