Grems-Doolittle Library Collections Blog: The Heyday of Bicycles in Schenectady, 1890-1910

Grems-Doolittle Library Collections Blog: The Heyday of Bicycles in Schenectady, 1890-1910

19th century women were discouraged against biking due to "bicycle face"  "Over-exertion, the upright position on the wheel, and the unconscious effort to maintain one's balance tend to produce a wearied and exhausted 'bicycle face'"   How horrible!!!

"Bicycle face": a 19th-century health problem made up to scare women away from biking

19th century women were discouraged against biking due to "bicycle face" "Over-exertion, the upright position on the wheel, and the unconscious effort to maintain one's balance tend to produce a wearied and exhausted 'bicycle face'" How horrible!!!

Two circa 1895 Women dressed to ride Safety Bicycles, Greenup, KY.

Nice Cabinet Photo – 2 Women with Safety Bicycles c1895 ~ Greenup KY

Young woman on bicycle. Another feature of the 1890s was the emergence of a simple everyday dress for women consisting of a white blouse and simple skirt, usually of darker material. This combination went on right into the 1920s. Here the young woman wears a typical boater-like hat on the top of her head, and her blouse has large “leg of mutton” sleeves.

Young woman on bicycle. Another feature of the 1890s was the emergence of a simple everyday dress for women consisting of a white blouse and simple skirt, usually of darker material. This combination went on right into the 1920s. Here the young woman wears a typical boater-like hat on the top of her head, and her blouse has large “leg of mutton” sleeves.

Kinderwagens. Een enthousiast lid van een Engelse fietsclub

Go Figure: When was the real baby boom?

women with rifles, circa 1890 Take a note ladies, we can still look good holding anything. Right to bare arms,,,, yes!

women with rifles, circa 1890 Take a note ladies, we can still look good holding anything. Right to bare arms,,,, yes!

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