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Title [Violet Ward and Daisy Elliott with bicycles]
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date ca. 1895
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Maria Ward (left) and Daisy Elliott, friends of the photographer, stand next to their bicycles in front of the Ward family home in Grymes Hill, Staten Island, New York.
Film Size 6.5x8.5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Exhibit Label Text A bicycling craze swept the nation in the 1890s. This photograph shows two of Miss Austen's friends preparing to go for a ride. The suit worn by Violet Ward may be one of the bicycling outfits that were newly available in the mid-1890s, designed to make riding easier and safer for women.
Exhibit Label Text In 1896, Violet Ward published the book Bicycling for Ladies, which taught women how to ride as well as addressing such issues as proper clothing and bicycle repair. The book's illustrations were created from photographs taken by Alice Austen.
Earliest Date 1893
Latest Date 1897
Subjects Bicycles & tricycles
Sport clothes
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Ward, Maria E.
Elliott, Daisy
Catalog Number 50.015.6475
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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