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Bicycles 1890s-1920s

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Primary sources on bicycles in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the bicycle's impact on American life.

This collection was created to support the 2016 CCSSO Teachers of the Year Day at the Smithsonian.

1896 Columbia Woman’s Bicycle Embellished by Tiffany

National Museum of American History

Gendron Bicycle Pin

National Museum of American History

Syracuse Bicycles Pin

National Museum of American History

National Cycle Bicycle Pin

National Museum of American History

Woman on Bicycle

Smithsonian American Art Museum

3 boys on bicycles

National Museum of American History

Earl Kiser’s Bicycle Racing Medal, 1893

National Museum of American History

Earl Kiser’s Bicycle Racing Medal, 1897

National Museum of American History

Henry W. Higham’s Bicycle Racing Medal, 1883

National Museum of American History

Butler, Cyclist

National Museum of American History

Bicyclists

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Photographing Our Country Cousins

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian Bicycle Collection

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Courting Couple

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Advertising poster for beer

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cyclist’s Cup

National Museum of American History

Bicyclist

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Elgin Wristwatch

National Museum of American History