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Miss Handlebars: 1900

Miss Handlebars: 1900

Circa 1900. "Lettis -- girl with bicycle and dog." 4x5 inch glass negative, photographer and location unknown. View full size.

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Her bike is much like mine but rather more Spartan in its appointments. Lovely hair, fine old house, rampant foliage, baby in wicker pram, doting grandad, loyal pup (looks like they've put his mat there to encourage him to join the portrait) - a cosy corner of time.

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Old Dog Trey, Ever Faithful

Standing guard to ensure that no strange canine nips at Letitia's comely ankle.

Toto? What happened?

Why are we still in Kansas? What happened to that witch, and is that the straw man back there?

Ms. Sprocket

Amazing hair. Very cool chain guard and bike. Bicycle "Take me away". Freedom at last look on her face.


I bet that her unbraided hair is knee length. I'm surprised that her bike has skirt netting on the rear wheel but the chain guard stops at the chain ring. I have a hard enough time keeping my chain from amputating my aglets.

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