Despite how much I like this photo,I have held off posting this image here because I couldn’t find any attribution or further information about this gentleman and his fine bicycle. I came across it several years ago and stuck it in my image files until I could find out more; alas, I have not.
“Portrait of Allen Hastings Fry, with his photographic equipment strapped to his bicycle. An illustration taken from the magazine ‘The Professional Photographer”, June 1916.” (Thank you Patrick for the information and link).
My first interest was in the excellent baggage he’s carrying; a very modern looking frame bag, a tool roll or similar, nice front and rear bags, and what appears to be a wooden box along the top tube. His haversack is not visible although the strap is in this image. Any thoughts on the bike or image itself are welcome.
The rest? Maybe you can tell me…
Click the card for more information about Allen Hastings Fry.
(UPDATE: Thanks for the corrections sent by Luc and Patrick. Updates were made to reflect the new information.)
Gymnacyclidium– This sounds like something for which you could be administered a shot to clear it up. I thought these monstrosities worth looking at for the danger factor if nothing else. Let’s hope the young lady is wearing adequate undergarments as it seems certain she will be taking a spill or two in the very near future. I do like the curly cue fender thingy on the front though.
A bit of history about the bicycle: Invented more-or-less as we know it around 1817 with various propulsion systems added from about 1839 through the 1860s when bikes became more like what we know today. A major step forward occurred in 1888 when Dunlop developed the pneumatic tire, making cycling more comfortable and practical.
“Any Boy can learn himself to ride in a few hours…”
I am a fan of cycling and have a special place in my heart for the old contraptions from the early days. Based on the enormous price, the one pictured below must have been a rich kid’s toy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics $25 in 1869 is the equivalent of $432 today.
However, this model was a truly cutting-edge machine as it has pedals. Pedals were added to the coasting “balance bicycle” in the 1860s taking this otherwise limited toy into the realm of a true form of transportation. It’s good to note that the early “bone-shakers” were generally made of wood and were only made from metals sometime after 1870 as the technology became available.
From the March 1869 issue of Harper’s New Monthly magazine, found HERE.
Presented here are a few more gentlemen on velocipedes from an 1868 Harper’s Magazine for your viewing pleasure.
Finally, by the 1890s, bicycle sales were catering to women as well as men (and other children) and like the ad says, “Perfection Attained” in the Crescent Bicycle.