1889 Overman Bicycle

Description
The Overman Wheel Company of Boston, Massachusetts produced this Victoria Model bicycle during the 1890s. The bicycle bears a nameplate carrying patent dates ranging fThe Overman Wheel Company of Boston, Massachusetts produced this Victoria Model bicycle during the 1890s. The bicycle bears a nameplate carrying patent dates ranging from Nov. 20, 1877 to July 9, 1889. The safety bicycle with two wheels of equal size replaced the high wheeler (penny-farthing) when it was introduced to the US from England in 1887. Unlike the earlier high-wheeled bicycles, the drop frame style of the safety bicycle allowed women to ride by accommodating their skirts.
The 1890s saw a great boom in bicycling. As the first personal mechanical mode of transportation, the bicycle gave both men and women a thrilling sense of freedom. Cycling was a popular way to get around the city, and on weekends many bike enthusiasts went for rides in the country. Bicyclists played a major role in lobbying for road improvements.
Date made
1889
manufacturer
Overman Wheel Company
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Measurements
overall: 47 in x 23 in x 72 in; 119.38 cm x 58.42 cm x 182.88 cm
ID Number
TR.214971
catalog number
214971
accession number
40667
Credit Line
Gift of May H. Mead
subject
Arts, Leisure and Recreation
Environmental History
Daily Life
Economics
Gender
Industrialization
Regionalism
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
America on the Move
Exhibition
America on the Move
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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