Vintage Cycling Photos Gallery

Vintage Cycling Photos Gallery: One of my hobbies is to find interesting vintage pics – often over 100 years old. I often need to digitally enhance the originals – particularly where they have deteriorated due to storage or ageing. On this page I have selected photos that I believe are interesting from a historical, technical and transportation standpoint. The theme is vintage cycling but as well as pleasure cycling it illustrates how bikes were used in child labour in the USA (around 1910). A video has also been prepared with some music I have composed to accompany the slide show.

Photographs relating to Cycling. Many pictures of some of the earliest Velocipedes and Penny Farthing (or ‘Ordinary’) Bicycles can be found here. As most of the original pictures are over 100 years old I have enhanced these copies to improve their clarity whilst maintaining detail and character. You can either scroll through the photos, clicking on individual pictures to see a higher definition versions, or use my YouTube video below which has a slide show of some of these photos (and many more) set to my music.

You can download the soundtrack ‘Bike Boys‘ for this video from iTunes using the link here

I hope you enjoy the pictures below. You can view more old photos on the Vintage Photos part of this website (link is here).

In 1868 Gentlemen Could Be Found In The Parks Parading On Their Bikes

In 1868 Gentlemen Could Be Found In The Parks Parading On Their Bikes

If You Prefer Your Little Wheel 'Up front' Try this Tricycle from 1880

If You Prefer Your Little Wheel ‘Up front’ Try this Tricycle from 1880

Bigger Wheels Meant More Distance For Each Turn of The Pedal -Also Fewer Wheels meant Fewer Service Problems. The Ultimate One Wheeler

Bigger Wheels Meant More Distance For Each Turn of The Pedal -Also Fewer Wheels meant Fewer Service Problems. The Ultimate One Wheeler

The Michaux Velocipede Was Popular From 1867 to 1869. Then It Was Superseded By The 'Ordinary' or Penny Farthing

The Michaux Velocipede Was Popular From 1867 to 1869. Then It Was Superseded By The ‘Ordinary’ or Penny Farthing

Before the Invention Of Rubber Tyres Riders Had to Endure A Pretty Rough Journey On 'The Boneshaker' - This One is from 1868

Before the Invention Of Rubber Tyres Riders Had to Endure A Pretty Rough Journey On ‘The Boneshaker’ – This One is from 1868

Long Before The Starship Enterprise Travellers Could Experience Double Warp Speed by Smoking This Stuff When Riding The Newly Developed Bikes With Rubber Tyres in 1861

Long Before The Starship Enterprise Travellers Could Experience Double Warp Speed by Smoking This Stuff When Riding The Newly Developed Bikes With Rubber Tyres in 1861

Clearly It Was Common For Gentlemen on Velocipedes To Smoke Pipes in 1869

Clearly It Was Common For Gentlemen on Velocipedes To Smoke Pipes in 1869

Velocipede Riders Used to Promote Tobacco in 1869

Velocipede Riders Used to Promote Tobacco in 1869

As Fashion Items Velocipedes Featured Often on Tobacco Packs. This One is from 1869

As Fashion Items Velocipedes Featured Often on Tobacco Packs. This One is from 1869

1819 The Velocipede - A Must Have For 'Dandies'. Who Needs Pedals? Published in 1894

1819 The Velocipede – A Must Have For ‘Dandies’. Who Needs Pedals? Published in 1894

In the Early Days Riders Had Freedom from Pedals. As Here With Von Drais' 1818 'Reitmschine' (Riding Machine)

In the Early Days Riders Had Freedom from Pedals. As Here With Von Drais’ 1818 ‘Reitmschine’ (Riding Machine)

Quakers Demonstrating Velocipede Capabilities in this 1819 Print

Quakers Demonstrating Velocipede Capabilities in this 1819 Print

An Early Ecofriendly Freight Vehicle - The 1880s Luggage Tricycle

An Early Ecofriendly Freight Vehicle – The 1880s Luggage Tricycle

1882 Photo of The Charles Oldreives Tricycle

1882 Photo of The Charles Oldreives Tricycle

The 1880s 'Sociable' - Germany's First Convertible Two Seater

The 1880s ‘Sociable’ – Germany’s First Convertible Two Seater

A Lady Takes a Ride on Her Otto Bicycle - Picture From 1887

A Lady Takes a Ride on Her Otto Bicycle – Picture From 1887

Drawing of Invincible 'Renn' ('Racing') Tricycle from Germany

Drawing of Invincible ‘Renn’ (‘Racing’) Tricycle from Germany

The Manuped Bicycle drawn in 1887

The Manuped Bicycle drawn in 1887

The Humber Tandem Tricycle

The Humber Tandem Tricycle

Sunset Tour for the Penny Farthing Enthusiasts Club in 1880

Sunset Tour for the Penny Farthing Enthusiasts Club in 1880

The Humber Tricycle drawn in 1887

The Humber Tricycle drawn in 1887

Steps No Problem for These Penny Farthing Pros in 1884

Steps No Problem for These Penny Farthing Pros in 1884

1885 Bicycle Parade at Hartford, Connecticut, USA

1885 Bicycle Parade at Hartford, Connecticut, USA

The Invincible German 'Renn' (or 'Racing') Bicycle drawn in 1887

The Invincible German ‘Renn’ (or ‘Racing’) Bicycle drawn in 1887

A Country Bike Ride in 1887

A Country Bike Ride in 1887

Ordinary Bicycle Race from 1890

Ordinary Bicycle Race from 1890

'Ordinary' (Penny Farthing) Bicycle Race from 1890

‘Ordinary’ (Penny Farthing) Bicycle Race from 1890

One vehicle in this picture hasn't changed much in over 100 years

One vehicle in this picture hasn’t changed much in over 100 years

Glamourous models posing on bicycles

Glamourous models posing on their new tricycles

Examples of early bicycle design from around 1900

Examples of early bicycle design from around 1900

Ever wondered how you mount a Penny Farthing?

Ever wondered how you mount a Penny Farthing?

I would like to dedicate the rest of this part of my photo archive to the young boys who worked with their bikes in 1910-1915 helping to build the US economy. For many of the images on these pages I am indebted to the work of Lewis Wickes Hine (1874 – 1940) a pioneer in the use of the camera as an instrument of social change in the USA.

Around 1910 young messenger boys in the US delivered to whores and gambling dens

Around 1910 young messenger boys in the US often delivered to whores and gambling dens

10 year old working for a department store in Opelika, Alabama (I'm not sure whether they sold shoes) 1914

10 year old working for a department store in Opelika, Alabama (I’m not sure whether they sold shoes) 1914

10 yr old boy at Danville Messengers - wearing company issued company footwear 1911

10 yr old boy at Danville Messengers – wearing company issued company ‘self cleaning’ footwear 1911

11 year old Meat Market delivery boy in Opelika Alabama 1914

11 year old Meat Market delivery boy in Opelika Alabama 1914

11 yr old Percy Neville, a Red Light district regular messenger (In the proud possession of a quarter tip from one of the whores) in Shreveport 1913

11 yr old Percy Neville, a Red Light district regular messenger (in the proud possession of a quarter ‘tip’ from one of the local whores) in Shreveport 1913

11 yr old Western Union messenger works regularly in red light district Houston, Texas 1913 (ladies of the night risked arrest for vagrancy in the local shops)

11 yr old Western Union messenger works regularly in red light district Houston, Texas 1913 (Ladies of the night risked arrest for vagrancy if they visited the local shops in person – therefore they provided good regular business for the messenger boys)

12 Yr Old Isaac Boyet - the CEO (and main employee) of the 'Club Messenger Service' based in Waco's Red Light Area 1913

12 Yr Old Isaac Boyet – the CEO (and main employee) of his ‘Club Messenger Service’ based in Waco’s Red Light Area (background) 1913

13 year old Ben Collins received $5 a week from Mackay Telegraph Co, Oklahoma in 1917

13 year old Ben Collins received $5 a week from Mackay Telegraph Co, Oklahoma in 1917

14 year old George Christopher (already with 3 yrs experience) working in Nashville, 1910

14 year old George Christopher (already with 3 yrs experience) working in Nashville, 1910

14 year old Marion Davis - Covered the Reservation for Belle Vue Messenger Service in Houston, 1913

14 year old Marion Davis – Covered the Reservation for Belle Vue Messenger Service in Houston, 1913

14 year old Western Union Messenger in Oklahoma, 1917

14 year old Western Union messenger boy in Oklahoma, 1917

15 year old Wilbur H Woodward - Washington DC, 1912

15 year old Wilbur H Woodward – Washington DC, 1912

1910 Postal Telegraph Messenger Boy, Birmingham, Alabama

1910 Postal Telegraph Messenger Boy, Birmingham, Alabama

1913 Red Light District messenger boy 15 yrs of age in Waco Texas

1913 Red Light District messenger boy 15 yrs of age in Waco Texas – I understand from the photographic records that he was exposed to the local ladies of the night!

Boy selling papers during school time in Syracuse 1910

Boy selling papers during school time in Syracuse 1910

Curtin Hines a regular drug store messenger for Whores at the Reservation - Houston 1913

Curtin Hines a regular drug store messenger for Whores at the Reservation – Houston 1913

Dallas Texas Reservation Red Light Area as a messenger boy passes through in 1913

Dallas Texas Reservation Red Light Area as a messenger boy passes through in 1913

Danville Messengers' Boy - His boss has found a way to help him keep his feet cool while working in 1911

Danville Messengers’ Boy – His boss has found a way to help him keep his feet cool while working in 1911

Look at Jeff Miller's face - It tells you a lot about his view about his future prospects, Houston, TX 1913

Look at Jeff Miller’s face – It tells you a lot about his view about his future prospects, Houston, TX 1913

Postal Telegraph Boy in Danville, VA 1911

Postal Telegraph Boy in Danville, VA 1911

Sadly $3 a week was not enough to cover new shoes in Alabama 1914

Sadly $3 a week was not enough to cover new shoes in Alabama 1914

Well presented messenger boy in Birmingham, Alabama - 1914

Well presented messenger boy in Birmingham, Alabama – 1914

Willie at 5 yrs earned his nickels from selling papers in Washington 1912

Willie at 5 yrs earned his nickels from selling papers in Washington 1912

Young messenger boy in New Bedford, Massachusetts - 1911

Young messenger boy in New Bedford, Massachusetts – 1911

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You can download the soundtrack ‘Bike Boys‘ for this video from iTunes using the link here

To view my other vintage photo collections or see the videos just click on the headings below:

Ghost Children – Child Labour

Young Boys Abused For Coal And Glass

This collection is constantly developing so please visit the ChrisDuggleby.com site again.

Chris Duggleby

If you would like to explore some more of my music please sample this play list from my album ‘Electro Baroque‘ (all tracks are also available on iTunes using the link here)? Classical music using modern instruments:

or if you prefer electronic music try my album ‘Studio Valiumm‘ here are the videos (also on iTunes using the link here):

More info about my music is at the dedicated website www.TRANSFORMATES.com

1819 The Velocipede – A Must Have For ‘Dandies’. Who Needs Pedals? Published in 1894