John D. Rockefeller rode a bicycle

An elderly John D. Rockefeller poses with a bicycle for a portrait in 1913.

John D. Rockefeller bicycle portrait

Is that a shaft drive on the bike?

Rockefeller began business selling wholesale produce, then invested his savings in a new-fangled “oil refinery” in Cleveland, just as whale oil production peaked. With westward expansion after the U.S. Civil War and growing demand for petroleum, Rockefeller became the world’s richest man and the first billionaire through his ownership of Standard Oil Company.

6 Comments

  • Aa7eqham
    December 12, 2011 - 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Pierce-Arrow, the auto company, built a shaft drive bicycle at that time period.

  • Aa7eqham
    December 12, 2011 - 4:41 pm | Permalink
  • December 12, 2011 - 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Very good; thanks for that.

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  • December 14, 2011 - 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Awesome document. Kooky old man with unusual bike.

  • Anonymous
    May 12, 2014 - 11:30 am | Permalink

    It is a Dürkopp Bicycle from Bielefeld Germany (Kettenloses Fahrrad)

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