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Object Name Pin
Date ca. 1890s
Description Stamped metal pin in the shape of a safety bicycle, with wheels that spin. Inscription "GOOD / Roads" on a blue enameled section between the handlebars and seat. Pin clasp on reverse.
Ownership and History As the new sport of bicycling gained popularity in the United States, cyclists faced the challenge of riding on streets that were often unpaved. In the 1880s, the League of American Wheelmen launched a campaign to improve the quality of the nation's roads, and to establish separate bicycle paths. The Good Roads Movement gained momentum in the 1890s as the national bicycling craze took hold.
Earliest Date 1887
Latest Date 1905
Subjects Bicycles & tricycles
Road construction
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Symbol
Catalog Number X07.0110
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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