The Start of a Bicycle Race, circa 1890

Summary

Five cyclists await the starter's gun atop their safety bicycles in this 1890s photograph. By the early 1890s, the safety was outpacing its high-wheel forerunner. Cycling enthusiasts would abandon high wheelers and set new records on faster-racing safeties.

Five cyclists await the starter's gun atop their safety bicycles in this 1890s photograph. By the early 1890s, the safety was outpacing its high-wheel forerunner. Cycling enthusiasts would abandon high wheelers and set new records on faster-racing safeties.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

circa 1890

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

86.18.38.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process
Toning (Photography)

Color

Brown
Sepia (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 4.5 in

Width: 3.5 in

Inscriptions

Handwritten on back: Race start / about 1890

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