Victorian Lady Scorchers of London

From A Looker-On in London by Mary H. Krout, 1899:


 Young girls of well-to-do families are usually skilled in all out-of-door sports, in tennis, golf and rowing, and now that they have overcome their prejudice against the wheel they have become admirable cyclists - having learned that they may venture forth unchaperoned and return unhindered, in safety. The bicycle in England, as in the United States, is doing its salutary work in freeing young girls from needless convention, rendering them self-reliant and independent, with no sacrifice of their modesty.

One comment

  • Lenny
    March 25, 2014 - 9:39 am | Permalink

    Who knew that young girls, prior to 1899, had a prejudice against the wheel.

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