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 Then It Was Superseded By The 'Ordinary' or Penny Farthing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 Then It Was Superseded By The ‘Ordinary’ or Penny Farthing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
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