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Title [Charlie Meissner with high-wheel bicycle]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Loeffler, John
Date 1886
Description Original B&W print on beige cardboard mount (cabinet card format). Full-length portrait photo of a young man standing in front of a high-wheel bicycle. He wears a light color long-sleeve shirt, tight-fitting knickers, and a cap; he stands with his left hand on his hip and his right hand holding the handlebar of the bicycle. The front wheel of the bicycle is approximately the height of his shoulder. He is standing in front of a painted backdrop of trees and plants; photo was likely taken in the photographer's studio. Printed inscription on reverse of mount: "LOEFFLER'S / PORTRAIT GALLERY / Bay Street, Corner Grant, / TOMPKINSVILLE, / S.I. / DUPLICATES CAN [BE H]AD [---] TIME". Handwritten inscription on reverse: "L.N. Methfessel / from Charlie / 1886 / Charlie Meissner".
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 6 x 3.750
Acquisition Gift of Laura Patrick
Ownership and History Charlie Meissner holds the handlebar of a high wheeler as he poses in the photographer's studio. Note the design of the bicycle: the pedals are attached directly to the front wheel, and the seat is almost directly above the wheel, which was the most efficient pedaling position. The small rear wheel reduced the bicycle's overall weight.

The "L.N. Methfessel" in the inscription is probably Laura Natalie Methfessel of Staten Island (grandmother of donor Laura Patrick).
Earliest Date 1886
Latest Date 1886
Subjects Bicycles & tricycles
Portrait photographs
Photographic studios
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Stirn, Laura Natalie (Methfessel)
Meissner, Charles
Catalog Number 11.005.0001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, October 2015.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.