Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Columbia Bicycles for Woman's Use, 1895

This advertising paper doll not only gives you the price of the bicycle, it advises women on the appropriate outfit to wear when riding, even naming the designer. The little hat evoking the helmet of the Greek god Hermes is a nice touch!


  1. $100 sounds a lot for a bicycle back then. I wonder what the equivalent would be now?

  2. With that cinched in waist I'm trying to imagine how you'd get enough air in your lungs to keep pumping.

  3. Oh, I love this! No reason to bicycle if you can't afford the right outfit for the occasion. Plus that hat is fantastic.