When the first diamond frame bicycles became popular in the 1890s they were often called "wheels" - the national cycling association was called the "League of American Wheelmen." We have moved from "wheels" to "bikes," but the bicycles have remained remarkably the same over more than 100 years - elegant in their efficiency and simplicity. And many of the issues that we think are new? They were around then too.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Surprising DC 1922 News Photo of Everyday Bike Commuter
Surprise find, photo of a Washington DC bicycle commuter in 1922
The Washington Herald., October 01, 1922, Sunday Edition, Page 7
"Miss M. Kearns, an employe of the Interior Department, has ridden her bicycle to the office daily for the past twenty years."
And later I find, by chance . . .
Same photograph, deposited by photographer Underwood & Underwood at the Library of Congress and online
Title: Woman rides bicycle for 25 years
Date Created/Published: c1922 Sept. 16.
Medium: 1 photographic print.
Summary: Miss M. Kearns with bicycle.
Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-68742 (b&w film copy neg.)
Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.
Call Number: SSF - Bicycles and tricycles [item] [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
* Photo copyrighted by Underwood & Underwood.
* This record contains unverified, old data from caption card.
* Caption card tracings: Photog. I.; BI; Bicycles...; Shelf.
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