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Cleveland safety bicycle, about 1899

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Cleveland safety bicycle, about 1899
Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Richard Strauss, Negative #: 2003-19250


This object appears in the following sections:

Smithsonian Bicycle Collection — The collection 1896-1927

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Lozier radiator emblem

Man's Cleveland safety bicycle, about 1899
Catalog #: 1989.0648.01, Accession #: 1989.0648
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
This bicycle was used by L. J. Powers who road to work in Nashua, Iowa from his home in Powersville on a daily basis between the years of 1899 and 1902. It was donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1989.
Physical Description

Artifact. Man's Cleveland 69 safety bike. Size: 72" L x 14-1/2"W x 38" H. Materials: metal tubing, leather saddle.

Man's chain-driven safety bicycle, which has a diamond-shaped frame and two small equal size wheels. The bicycle is painted black and has some nickel plating.

Date Made:
about 1899
Gift of Roderick E. Briggs
This type was the most common man's bicycle during a period when cycling was an extremely popular activity among adults, factory output of bicycles was increasing rapidly, and bicycle manufacturing methods were changing.
Related People, Places, and Events
H. A. Lozier and Company

Cleveland, Ohio
H. A. Lozier and Company

Place of use
Nashua, Iowa (1899 - 1972)
Bicycle was used by L.J. Powers to commute to work

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