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Bicycle and the Women’s Suffragette Movement of the 1890s

References

  The exhibition was described in “The Big Bicycle Show at the Garden,” New York Sunday World, 19 January 1896, p. 19. Click footnote numbered link to return to article

  Irving A. Leonard, When Bikehood was in Flower, (Seven Palms Press, 1983).

  “Champion of Her Sex,” New York Sunday World, 2 February 1896, p. 10.

  In some cases the larger wheel was the rear wheel.

  “A Blessing for Women,” The Bearings, 5 September 1895.

  Sarah Gordon in Beauty and Business: Commerce, Gender, and Culture in Modern America, Philip Scranton, Editor (Routledge, 2001), p.25.

  “A Whirl ‘Round the World,” Omaha World Herald, 25 August 1895, p. 5.

  Item, Arizona Daily Gazette, 16 June 1895.

  Sarah Gordon in Beauty and Business: Commerce, Gender, and Culture in Modern America, Philip Scranton, Editor (Routledge, 2001), p. 26.

  “Taking Chances,” Iowa State Register, 28 August 1895.

  “Woman and Her Bicycle,” Chicago Daily News, 17 October 1894, p. 8.

  Quoted in Lynn Sherr, Failure is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words (Times Books, 1995), p. 196.

  “The First New Woman,” The Washington Post, 11 August 1895, p. 20.

  “Mrs. Stanton Likes Bloomers,” Rocky Mountain News, 11 August 1895.

  “Bloomers Abhorred,” Iowa State Register, 7 September 1895.

  “They Don’t Like Bloomers,” Chicago Sunday Times-Herald, 8 September 1895.

  “They Don’t Like Bloomers,” Chicago Sunday Times-Herald, 8 September 1895.

  Omaha World-Herald, 25 August 1895.

  San Francisco Chronicle, 1 April 1895.

  Robert A. Smith, A Social History of the Bicycle, (McGraw Hill, 1972), p. 76.

  Frances Willard, A Wheel Within a Wheel: A Woman’s Quest for Freedom (Applewood Books, 1997). Willard’s essay was originally published in 1895 as “How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle.”

  Frances Willard, A Wheel Within a Wheel: A Woman’s Quest for Freedom (Applewood Books, 1997) p. 73.

 

 

 

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The 1890s was the peak of the American bicycle craze and consumers were buying bicycles in large numbers. In 1897 alone, more than two million bicycles were sold in the United States , about one for every 30 inhabitants. Bicycles, or “wheels,” were everywhere in the gay 90s as were “wheelmen’s clubs,” well organized association with newsletters, receptions, weekly outings, uniforms and special meeting rooms. Bicycle paths were clogged with traffic on weekends and newspapers were filled with cycling news and special columns for “wheelmen.” Hundreds of manufacturers were successfully profiting from booming sales and a quality bicycle could be had for under $100. Some 3,000 American businesses were involved, in one way or another, in the bicycle trade, including a bicycle shop in Dayton , Ohio owned by two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, who were using bicycle technology to tinker with another invention they were working on.

So popular was cycling that by 1896, even Madison Square Garden proved too small to accommodate all those who wanted to display their wares at “The Great Bicycle Exhibition.”  Balconies