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Adult's tricycle
Adult's tricycle
This unusual, unidentified tricycle is one of the few adult machines of the velocipede era to be found in United States collections. It has tentatively been dated at about 1875 because its general construction agrees with that of early velocipedes and with patent drawings of the early and...
Era: 1850-1877
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
Anatomy of the bicycle
Anatomy of the bicycle
This illustration appeared in a newspaper some time after the introduction of the modern Safety bicycle (mid 1880s).
Era: 1890-1930
Anderson “Military Bicycle”
Anderson “Military Bicycle”
This bicycle was donated to the Smithsonian in 1929. It is apparently the only bicycle of its kind, and was probably built for James C. Anderson, the patent holder, by a local machinist. In spite of the quality of the workmanship, this is a most awkward machine, and those accustomed to riding...
Era: 1870-1900, 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
Boy's ordinary bicycle
Boy's ordinary bicycle
This boy's Ordinary bicycle was donated to the Smithsonian in 1959. It was purchased in New York City in 1885 by the father of the donor. No markings can be found that identify the maker, and it is not safe to make assumptions, yet the similarity to it of the 10-dollar Otto cycle of this size,...
Era: 1870-1900
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
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