Monday, August 31, 2009

Odd Victorian Factoid # 26: Bicycle Craze Emancipates Women!


Odd Victorian Factoid#26

With the invention of the pneumatic tire, bicycles became especially popular in the 1890's (a time that is often referred to as "bicycle craze"). Women especially enjoyed the bicycle because it gave them freedom to move about on their own and, because corsets and ankle length skirts were not great bicycling clothing, they switched to more liberating bloomers (shocking, eh!).


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