Friday, September 22, 2006

Birmingham’s Victorian Bicycle Craze

Bicycle Ad

Bicycles, known colloquially in the nineteenth century as “wheels,” offered a new kind of mobility that many women embraced. While some worried that having women riding about on bicycles would lead to moral decay, bicycle manufactures catered to the new clientele and Victorian era women found freedom on their bikes....(read more)

Newspaper Articles, Photograph and Postcard

(Part of Birmingham Magazine's monthly feature on Birmingham history highlighting items from the Archives’ collections)

1 comment:

Tmax said...

Thanks for the article. It would be interesting to read and know more about this "Edith Ward" referred to . Does the Archive have items referred by keyword? Birmingham's cycling history I imagine is quite fascinating.

Jerry Griffies