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Object Name Booklet
Date 1897 copyright
Title The Sunday Bicycle
Description Small printed booklet, 16 pages. Front cover printed: "2206 / The Sunday Bicycle / BY / William Nast Brodbeck, D.D. / NEW YORK: EATON & MAINS / CINCINNATI: CURTS & JENNINGS / Copyright by EATON & MAINS, 1897". The booklet explains that while bicycling is a healthful and enjoyable activity, its one drawback is its use on Sundays, which keeps people from attending church and honoring the Sabbath. Page 15 has a "CHRISTIAN CYCLE CLUB PLEDGE" that promises not to use the bicycle for pleasure on Sundays, with a place for the reader to sign the pledge.
Acquisition Gift of the Estate of Minnie Wood
Ownership and History Despite the widespread popularity of bicycle riding in the 1890s, not everyone looked favorably on the bicycle. The author of this booklet noted that while bicycling clearly had its benefits, he was concerned that the sport prevented people from attending church and observing the Sabbath: "…there is one drawback to this useful invention, and its superb service to man; namely, its use on the Lord's Day…Every Sabbath, when the weather is favorable, witnesses the streets of our cities and towns, and our country roads, thronged with gay riders. Thousands upon thousands on every Sabbath spend the day on their wheels…" The booklet concluded with a pledge to be signed, promising not to use the bicycle for pleasure riding on Sundays.
Earliest Date 1897
Latest Date 1897
Maker Eaton & Mains
Material Paper
Subjects Bicycles & tricycles
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 39.001.0017
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, July 2016.
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