4. THE BLOOMER CLUB

“When women first began to ride the bicycle many (old fogey) physicians said it would be very injurious,” explained Ida Trafford Bell in July 1894.
“The undue exercise was dilated upon and the peculiar liability to straining or to getting falls or bruises, and, in fact, every possible objection which old-fashioned ideas and obsolete theories could suggest was brought up.
Probably not one of the objectors could ride a bicycle to save his life or had ever felt the exhilarating joy of a truly fresh breath of air taken into the lungs like a stream of electrical vitality.…
But the day of old fogies is happily passed. Women defied the dear old fellows with their last century notions, and with commendable pluck learned to ride, and ride well, swiftly, gracefully, athletically.
The women of today now mount their wheels and go forth for a rapid spin in the open air, knowing that in this way they can best win strength and courage to meet their many household worries.
Dame Fashion also has smiled approval, and has decreed that women of the highest standing in the world of society may go forth mistresses of the art of bicycling, free and untrammeled by conventional dress and musty tradition…”

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1. Bicycle Frame / Serial No Dating

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1818/1819 Johnson’s Ladies Walking Machine

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1888 Rudge Royal Crescent Tricycle

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1889 Lady’s Quadrant Tricycle

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1890 G&J American Ideal Rambler (for Girls)

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1890 Hillman Herbert & Cooper ‘The Premier’ Convertible

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1890s Gendron Girls’ Tiller & Treadle Tricycle

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1893 Overman Victoria Single Tube Ladies’ Bicycle

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1894 Elliott Hickory Ladies Safety

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1895 Goldsworthy Juvenile Convertible

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1895 Gormully & Jeffery ‘Model D’ Ladies Rambler

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1895 Ladies Popular Rover

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1895 Ladies’ Telegram (Telegram Cycle Mfg Co)

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1896 Butts & Ordway Standish Lady’s Bicycle

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1896 CYCLING WORLD ILLUSTRATED

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1896 Humber Synyer Lady’s Safety

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1896 MUNSEY: THE WORLD AWHEEL

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1896 Ritter Road Skates (Ladies Model)

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1896 Ritter Road Skates (Ladies Size 10)

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1897 Singer Modele de Luxe Ladies

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1897 Velo Dame au Bon Marche, Paris

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1897 Victoria Triumph No 15 for Ladies

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1898 Columbia Ladies Chainless (Shaft drive)

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1898 Ladies’ Centaur

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1898 New Hudson ‘Special Popular’ Lady’s Safety

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1898 Raleigh No. 12 Lady’s Bicycle

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1899 Gormully & Jeffery Rambler (Denmark)

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1899 Helical Premier Ladies’ Tricycle

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1899 L’Acatene-Metropole Velleda ‘Model 207’

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1899 Quadrant ‘Army & Navy’ Tricycle

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1899 Stearns Special Model C for Ladies

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1899 Velo Dame ‘Clement’

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1900 BSA Lady’s Spring-Frame

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1900 Clement Lady’s Bicycle

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1900 Humber First Grade Free Wheel Lady’s Safety (with Band brake)

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1900 Royal Enfield Tandem for Lady & Gentleman

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1900 The Ladies’ Golden Sunbeam

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1901 Bicyclette de Dame ‘Georges Richard’

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1901 Crescent Ladies Bevel-Gear Chainless

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1901 Imperial Triumph Ladies

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1901 La Bicyclette Societe La Francaise ‘Modele pour Dame’

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1901 New Hudson ‘Royal’ Ladies

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1901 Royal Sunbeam for Ladies

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1901 Rudge-Whitworth No 31 Special Lady’s Tricycle

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1901 Silver Queen Lady’s Safety

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1902 Ivel No 5 Lady’s Safety

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1902 Lea Francis Lady’s ‘Design No 2’

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1903 Bicyclette Terrot de Dame Modele No 1

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1903 Rudge-Whitworth Lady’s ‘No 2’ Aero-Special

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1903 Sunbeam Ladies’ Model

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1903 The Royal Triumph Lady’s ‘No 7B’

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1904 ‘Special Triumph’ Ladies Bicycle

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1904 Dursley Pedersen Lady’s Royal Roadster

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1904 La Bicyclette Societe La Francaise Grand Luxe pour Dame

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1904 New Rapid Lady’s Bicycle (St. George’s Engineering Co Ltd)

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1904: THE ADVENTURE of the SOLITARY CYCLIST

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1905 Royal Enfield ‘Model D’ Lady’s Bicycle

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1905 Singer Lady’s de Luxe

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1905 The Lady’s Rover

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