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Women on bicycles, 1898 England 1898 Photograph showing three smartly dressed young women sitting upright on bicycles, supporting one another by holding on to the handlebars. It seems a perfect metaphor for sisterhood and the emancipation of women. The names of the women have been inscribed beneath the photograph - Mabel Asser, Lily Carver and Laura.

See the lovely sewing poster bottom left. Mass Jewish settlement in Spitalfields combines with the invention of the sewing machine to launch the mechanized clothing trade – and introduces bagels to the area.

Out for a ride...lovely ladies, but the skirt-just-above-the-boots look will always remind me of the Wicked Witch of the West...

from Brain Pickings

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"Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel.” ~ Susan B. Anthony, 1896