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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Rita and Ruth: 1920

Rita and Ruth: 1920

January 13, 1920. Washington, D.C. "Children of Roger Nielsen, Danish Legation; Rita & Ruth." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Just Needs A Little Revising

"This unbalanced way of riding, combined with what appears to be a lack of brakes, would make such a device a non-starter in today's market".

If manufactured today, there would be handlebars instead of a steering wheel, with hand-operated brakes attached to them.

Amen, Sid.

OTOH, though, it looks like Rita might be hitting the Danish pastry counter a little more often than might be prudent...

(JK, Rita! Here's hoping you're still alive and riding one of these wherever you are...)

Safety

Yeah, and our kids are fat couch potatoes as a result. But they are safe....

Safety II

"This unbalanced way of riding, combined with what appears to be a lack of brakes, would make such a device a non-starter in today's market."

Nah, we'd just slap helmets, kneepads, and elbow guards on them.

Safety

It looks like locomotion is provided by a seesaw motion from the platform the rider stands on. This unbalanced way of riding, combined with what appears to be a lack of brakes, would make such a device a non-starter in today's market.

Dean Kamen's ancestors?

It looks like they're riding an early prototype of the Segway scooter. Since I'll never be able to afford a Segway, I wonder where I can get one of those simpler looking devices.

 
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