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The Sidney Ohio Cycling Club circa 1900

The Sidney Ohio Cycling Club circa 1900

This photo of the Sidney Ohio Cycling club was taken in about 1895. The man in the center is my great grandfather, Burt Heck who left the original to me. At the height of its activities, the club had several dozen members. These guys would cycle 40 miles on a Sunday morning.

Some interesting details are the date 1877 engraved on the roof peak of the house in the background and the kid on the far left trying to get into the picture. Also there are 19 riders and 20 bikes which suggests the photographer was one of the group.

The original print is a very high resolution. I have a poster size print on my wall and it looks fantastic. View full size.

Historical link

Found this link with some background on the photo.

My ancestors are all from Sidney

I was wondering if most of these fellows were professional, rather than farmers? I was looking to see who I may recognize from old family photos. My family were all farmers and imagine they did little else. I love the picture. What a treasure you have there.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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