Sunday, August 7, 2016
Bicycle News of 1896 - the Oddities
Image of the full page 40 of The Journal, newly online
This newspaper is described as follows: The New York Journal is an example of "Yellow Journalism," where the newspapers competed for readers through bold headlines, illustrations, and activist journalism. During 1896, the year of the so-called "bicycle craze," I see significant coverage of cycling, although there seems a heavy emphasis on oddities. All the stories on the page are about cycling.
A tiny tandem is considered unusual enough to merit a news item
Cyclist with a baby carriage trailer, again considered unusual
A three year old cyclist - a very young "scorcher"
Link to full page with text of stories for these illustrations.