Match Case with Bicycle Design

In the 1890s the growing popularity of safety bicycles, which had smaller wheels than high-wheelers and were easier to ride, led to a social revolution. Women rode safety bicycles for the first time, men and women socialized on wheels, and millions of Americans took to the road for pleasure trips and practical purposes. These developments created a market for biking accessories like this decorative metal match case.
Object Name
match case
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 1/4 in x 1 1/2 in x 2 1/4 in; .635 cm x 3.81 cm x 5.715 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Road Transportation
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Road Transportation
Object Project
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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