There was almost a bike-only highway in L.A. in 1897. It got nixed when everyone realized they wanted cars, of course. Maybe not a bad idea to look into nowadays, as gas begins to dwindle…
Plus, it would do away with the number one reason I don’t ride a bike: crippling fear of being hit by a car.
I hate when people post interesting images without any explanation of what we are looking at. After two minutes of googling I found that the Images are of the Meigs Elevated Railway taken from Scientific American (July 10, 1886)
Amazing: That this is a 128-year-old recording of Alexander Graham Bell.
Even more amazing: The way they apparently pronounced the name “Graham” in the 19th century.
ca. 1860’s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of gentlemen, possibly a part of the Knights Templar fraternal order, wearing an unusual disc-covered jacket, and holding a sword, mask, and hat]
ca. 1850-60’s, [ambrotype portrait of a smirking gentleman with his dog, wearing a hat and chewing on a glove]
IT BURNS MY BRAIN
~ The Handbook of the Man of Fashion, by the author of “Etiquette for Gentlemen”, 1847
Samurai, circa 1860
Oh man, do you think those signs above each of them say their names? That would be so amazing.
A lion from Paris.
J-J. Grandville, from Vie privée et publique des animaux (Public and Private Life of Animals), under the direction of P. J. Stahl, Paris, 1867.
Now that’s an internet list.
Mary Fields was born sometime around 1812 & was born a Slave in Hickman County, TN. She was the first African American woman and the second American woman to be employed as a mail carrier with the United States Postal Service. Mary was hired by the U.S. Postal Service because she was able to hitch a team of six horses to a Stagecoach faster than anyone other applicant. She earned the nickname “Stagecoach Mary” because of her reliability even in inclement weather that caused her to walk up to ten miles in the snow to the Mail Depot and the fact that she never missed a day of work.
~ Robt. H. Ingersoll & Bro., The Great Mail-Order Bargain House, ca. 1898
via Internet Archive
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“These Motto Buttons have been carefully selected and are some of the most popular and catchy sayings of the day…..I Don’t Think ; Girl Wanted ; If You Love Me, Grin ; You Make Me Tired ; Just Tell Them That You Saw Me ; Don’t Kick ; I Have Troubles of My Own, Don’t Mention Yours ; Murder - Watch ; It’s a Good Thing ; Push it Along ; Don’t Shoot ; Let’s Get Married ; Where Do I Come In ; Just For a Kid ; Keep off the Grass ; You Need a Shave Badly.”
I AM LOOKING FOR A WIFE