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Bicycle of Max Buren in Salem, Oregon 1899.  
RECORD NO. ~1504.  LOCATION ~STRA.6.3.  PHOTOGRAPHER ~unknown.  COLLECTOR ~Mr. Ben Maxwell  Salem Public Library
Photographer unknown, Ben Maxwell Collection.
Salem Public Library Historic Photograph Collections

1899  Max Buren's "safety bicycle" as still life on a Salem street.

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This photograph was displayed as a part of the Railroads in Salem exhibit from June to August, 1995 in the Heritage Room at the Salem Public Library. A large crowd has gathered at the Salem station on August 10, 1899 to welcome the returning Oregon 2nd Volunteers home from the Spanish American War.  The view, taken from the water tower, gives an interesting perspective of theearly layout at Salem. Note the street car to the right and the stub switch on the mainline in the foreground. The area to the left was later occupied by a hop warehouse, and then the California Packing Company cannery. Today the Tokyo International University campus fills that area.  RECORD NO. ~HRE 183.  PHOTOGRAPHER ~unknown.  DATE ~1899.  Salem Public Library
Photographer unknown. Salem Public Library Historic Photograph Collections

Aug. 10, 1899  A large crowd has gathered at the Salem station to welcome the returning Oregon 2nd Volunteers home from the Spanish-American War. The view, taken from the water tower, gives an interesting perspective of the early layout at Salem. Note the street car to the right and the stub switch on the mainline in the foreground. The area to the left was later occupied by a hop warehouse, and then the California Packing Company cannery. Today the Tokyo International University campus fills that area.

Soldiers Day on Main Street in Greeley, Colorado welcoming home Company D from Manila, bicycle section of G.H.S. on 8th St between 8th & 9th Aves.  Sept. 19, 1899.  SUMMARY: Women ride bicycles on 8th (Eighth) Street with United States flags on the handlebars in Greeley, Colorado. Two-story, brick commercial buildings in the background are draped with bunting; trees are further down the street.

REPRODUCTION NUMBER: X-9051.  REPOSITORY: Western History/Genealogy Department, Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, Colorado 80204.  DIGITAL ID: 
codhawp 10009051 http://gowest.coalliance.org/cgi-bin/imager?10009051.
Photographer unknown. Greeley Municipal Museum,
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Sept. 19, 1899  Ladies of Greely, Colorado decorated their bicycles with American flags and bunting and paraded down Eighth Street to welcome the men of Company D home from service in Manila during the Spanish-American War.

An Austrian tourist mailed this early, lithographed postcard to a friend in Vienna, perhaps to remember the warmer days of summer.  It is presently being auctioned online as an antique collectible by a Vienna physician.  Ruby Lane is a San Francisco-based Internet antique auctioneer.

Dr. Friedrich Zettl 
Bruennerstrasse 20 
Wien, Austria   A 1210 Wien 
Phone: 0043 1 275 55 249 
Fax: 0043 1 275 55 100 
(Item #col1244)
Artist unknown. Ruby Lane

November 12, 1899  An Austrian tourist mailed this early, lithographed postcard to a friend in Vienna, perhaps to remember the warmer days of summer. It is presently being auctioned online as an antique collectible by a Vienna physician. Ruby Lane is a San Francisco-based Internet antique auctioneer.

An Easy Mark was the title song of a musical farce comedy by H.A. Du Souchet, presented in New York in 1899.  Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Composed by Samuel H. Speck.  Publication: New York: Enterprise Music Supply Co., 42 West 28th Street.  Engraver, Lithographer, Artist: Starmer. 

Hyperlink to The Lester P. Levy Collection of Sheet Music at The Johns Hopkins University.  Call No.: Box: 061 Item: 022.
An Easy Mark was the title song of a musical farce by H.A. Du Souchet, presented in New York in 1899. Small boys, enterprising bicycle shop repairmen and cycling foes were known to scatter tacks along roadways for a variety of reasons.
Mile-A-Minute Murphy earned his nickname by becoming the first man to pedal 60 miles per hour on a bicycle behind a special Long Island Rail Road train on June 30, 1899.  

Hyperlink to LI History.com.
June 30, 1899  Mile-A-Minute Charley Murphy earned his nickname by becoming the first man to pedal 60 miles per hour on a bicycle behind a special Long Island Rail Road train. Capitalizing on its proximity to New York City, bicycle clubs and services mushroomed across Long Island. In 1897, the Long Island Rail Road ordered six baggage cars specially rigged to transport bicycles. In 1898, the LIRR published a pamphlet called Cyclists' Paradise, with maps of Island cycling paths. Long Island's Newsday produced an extensive history of the region, presenting the online resource at LI History.com. Read Charley Murphy's first-hand account. The Paumonok Bicycling Advocacy celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the feat and is promoting extensive new bike plans for the island.

It wasn't until June 15, 1903, at Indianapolis, that Barney Oldfield, the legendary auto racer and chief mechanic for Henry Ford's racing team, became the first to achieve mile-a-minute performance in an automobile with a time of 59.6 seconds. In August 1903 he drove five miles in 4 minutes 55 seconds. Oldfield began racing bicycles in 1894 and joined Ford in 1902.

Hyperlink to International Human Powered Vehicle Association.
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Vehicle Assossiciation

The quest for speed is a natural part of the human condition. The International Human Powered Vehicle Association is the governing body for pedal power on land, at sea and in the air. The Ultra-Marathon Cycling Association tracks coast-to-coast records, 12- and 24-hour records and promotes distance events such as the Race Across America from Portland, Oregon to Gulf Breeze, Florida. Team Vail, winners of the 1998 Eco-Challenge, covered 2,983.2 miles, climbing 99,610 feet in 6 days 1 hour 17 minutes to win the 2001 race.

John Howard was first person to go over 150 miles an hour on a bicycle when he established a new bicycle speed record of 152.284 mph on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1985. The seemingly impossible speed record only held 11 years until Fred Rompelberg established the current speed record of 166.944 mph on October 3, 1995.

Next: 1900

See 19th Century Bicycle News for a selected bibliography and historical resources online, or use the links to find other sites of interest.


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