1868 Velocipedes


“The American Velocipede” and “Velociped Race in Paris–Sunday Afternoon.”  From Harper’s Weekly.  New York, December 19, 1868.  Full page.  Wood engraving.  Very good condition.


Harper’s Weekly was a New York based newspaper in the last half of the 19th and early 20th century.  In weekly issues, Harper’s presented a mixture of news stories, gossip, poetry, and most notably, wood-engraved illustrations.  These pictures remain one of the best sources for lively, informative images of 19th-century America.  These illustrations are one of the few sources we have today about early team and individual sports, including biking.  This print was issued during the “velocipede mania” period.