Woman with a Bicycle, circa 1895

Summary

Many women in the 1890s sought the benefits of bicycling. Women cyclists defied social norms and donned less restrictive clothing, like bloomers -- though the pant-like garment seen here has the full look of a skirt. Manufacturers also made bicycles specifically for women. The drop frame, seen in this photograph, made it easier for women in full skirts to mount and ride.

Many women in the 1890s sought the benefits of bicycling. Women cyclists defied social norms and donned less restrictive clothing, like bloomers -- though the pant-like garment seen here has the full look of a skirt. Manufacturers also made bicycles specifically for women. The drop frame, seen in this photograph, made it easier for women in full skirts to mount and ride.

Artifact

Cabinet photograph

Subject Date

circa 1895

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

86.18.64.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cardboard
Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process
Mounting

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 6.5 in

Width: 4.25 in

Inscriptions

Photographer's imprint on front: DeAnquinos / SUPERIOR / FINISH / 1239 BEDFORD AVE. / BROOKLYN, N.Y.

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