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America on the Move exhibition: Washington, D. C., 1900, section
America on the Move exhibition: Washington, D. C., 1900, section
Distant farms feed the urban market. Visit Washington’s busy streets and see the varied ways people get around the city. Learn how the streetcar opens a path to the suburbs.
Region: South Atlantic
      
State: DC
      
Era: 1890-1930
Anti-automobile protest buttons
Anti-automobile protest buttons
From a collection of 1,520 buttons on environmental themes, assembled over a thirty-year period by Dr. Gerald H. Meral, the Executive Director of the Planning and Conservation League (PCL) and the Planning and Conservation League Foundation in Sacramento, California. Meral earned his...
Region: Pacific
      
State: CA
      
Era: 1968-present
Bicycle helmet
Bicycle helmet
This helmet was worn by the donor, an avid bicyclist, in 1979. Cyclists have always been concerned about head injuries. In 1975, Bell Helmets Inc. manufactured one of the first effective safety helmets for cyclists using a polystyrene foam liner covered by a lexan hard shell.
Region: South Atlantic
      
State: DC
      
Era: 1968-present
Biking on a railroad track
Biking on a railroad track
An early group of Safety cyclists using rail attachments to enjoy a smooth ride on a spur line of the Pittsburgh and Western Railroad, between Cluffs Mills and McCrays, Pennsylvania, in the 1890s.
Region: Middle Atlantic
      
State: PA
      
Era: 1870-1900, 1890-1930
Chevrolet radiator emblem
Chevrolet radiator emblem
During the early 20th century, Louis Chevrolet was a well known racecar driver who aspired to owning his own automobile company. William Durant, a partner at the Durant-Dort Carriage Company ( the nation's largest carriage company), was looking to branch into automobile manufacturing and...
Region: East North Central
      
State: MI
      
Era: 1890-1930, 1929-1945, 1945-1975, 1968-present
Child's safety bicycle
Child's safety bicycle
Safety bicycles built in small children's sizes were somewhat uncommon during the 1890s. This cycle, however, is a fairly typical example of those that were made, and was used by the donor in October of 1897 when he was 3 1/2 years old. While no markings identify the maker, it is believed to...
Region: East North Central
      
State: IN, WI
      
Era: 1870-1900, 1890-1930
Child's tricycle
Child's tricycle
This child's tricycle was donated to the Smithsonian in 1930. George W. Marble, of Chicago, Illinois, was issued patent 171,623 on 28 December, 1875 to for an “improvement in velocipedes.” One half of his right was assigned to Adolph Shoeninger, also of Chicago. This small tricycle,...
Region: East North Central
      
State: IL
      
Era: 1850-1877
Clarke gasoline tricycle
Clarke gasoline tricycle
In 1897, Louis S. Clarke of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, founded the Pittsburg Motor Vehicle Company with himself as president and engineer, and constructed this experimental motor tricycle. With the experience thus gained, in the following year the company built a 4-wheel automobile, which is now...
Region: Middle Atlantic, South Atlantic
      
State: MD, PA
      
Era: 1870-1900, 1890-1930
Columbia Light Roadster ordinary bicycle
Columbia Light Roadster ordinary bicycle
Sold originally for approximately $135.00, this bicycle was owned in turn by Herschal Mulford and Lawrence Worstall, of Millville, New Jersey. It is an early Columbia Ordinary made by the Pope Manufacturing Company. It is an 1886 Light Roadster model. The machine was donated to the Smithsonian...
Region: Middle Atlantic
      
State: NJ
      
Era: 1870-1900
Early bicycle club group at Readville, Massachusetts
Early bicycle club group at Readville, Massachusetts
Participants in one of America's first organized tours lined up with their Ordinaries on the road outside of Readville, Massachusetts, 11 September 1879. The first rider is Charles E. Pratt, noted bicycle author, coorganizer, and first president of the League of American Wheelmen, and later...
Region: New England
      
State: MA
      
Era: 1870-1900
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