Tag: 1890s

Cycling with Style Series: Part 1

Cycling with Style Series: Part 1

This multi-part series will examine cycling costumes for women, which began the catalyst for this blog.

 

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Warwick “Perfection Safety Bicycle, USA

Patented in 1888

Minnesota Historical Society Collection

67.219.1

 

During the last ten years of the nineteenth century about 650,000 bicycles were sold to women in the United States alone. The safety bicycle replaced the less-stable high wheel in the 1880s, and the safer design made the activity more feasible for lady riders. This exploded as a popular activity in the 1890s, and cycling became popular means of sport and recreation for people of all ages and of different classes. It was especially important as a symbol for women who were making bold steps out of traditional domestic lifestyles and into a more active and public life.

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