Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Women Cyclists of the 1890's Graphic

Let's head for the hills with our hats pinned on securely!

Isn't this old illustration both interesting and fun? The women being shown in the foreground are covered, literally, from the neck down, and yet they have been exercising during warmer weather. I find that somewhat astonishing, don't you?

Despite my repairs and work on this particular project, I am leaving it in the Public Domain. Please observe all copyrights and red letter Guidelines at all other types of posts here at this blog
Thank you.

The woman in blue is wearing "bloomers" or a form of knee-length cycling trousers. Her hat has a slightly masculine and sporty flair, while the cut of her suit's jacket shows a definitely feminine (and corseted) figure. Notice her sensible, flat heeled shoes. Such a style was viewed as being innovative at that time.

The woman in pink is dressed less for sport and more as though she might possibly be on an errand of some sort. Women were really set free by their modern bicycles in the latter part of the 1800's and could be found free wheeling from place to place in dry weather on roads in town and country during the late 1800's. This continued on into the early 1900's. Nowadays, bicycles are seen as commonplace for sport and for commuting.

This brief clip from the series, "The 1900 house" can give us a small taste of what cycling must have felt like for women during that late Victorian era, when cycling for women was becoming more and more respectable and less and less disliked byVictorian critics of women's sports.


Such an adventure this would have been for any woman!


Happy sporting creativity!

PPS™ Victorian Women Cyclists

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(lower quality than the download)


I am leaving this
particular project in the 
Public Domain.
Thank you 
for helping me to
keep free things free!

2 comments:

June Macfarlane said...

so charming and beautiful my friend. I am back to blogging properly now after giving up Facebook which was eating my time up frivolously. Its good to be back. Hugs June x

Plush Possum Studio said...

Thank you, June. I know what you mean about FB. Couldn't stand it, so I quit long ago. I think you've made the right decision.
Seeya round!
Cheers
Rose

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