Theodore Palmer on a bicycle

Theodore Palmer on a bicycle

Theodore Palmer on a bicycle, c.1896.

Dawson Bicycle Group

Dawson Bicycle Group

Dawson Bicycle Group, c.1895.

Woman's bicycle boots

Woman's bicycle boots

High lace-up bicycle boots worn by Miss Vivian Grace Gibson of St. Paul, 1890–1899.

Ferodowill Brothers bicycle repair shop

Ferodowill Brothers bicycle repair shop

Ferodowill Brothers bicycle repair shop, St. Paul, c.1890.

Boy and his bicycle

Boy and his bicycle

Boy and his bicycle, c.1890. Photograph by Frank Jay Haynes.

Warwick "Perfection" safety bicycle

Warwick "Perfection" safety bicycle

Warwick "Perfection" safety bicycle, patented in 1888.

Bicycle hat

Bicycle hat

Bicycle hat with straw inner rim, c.1880–c.1899.

Man with bicycle

Man with bicycle

Man with bicycle, c.1895. Photograph by Guy M. Baltuff.

Bicycling Craze in Minnesota, 1890s

In the 1890s, after bicycles became more comfortable and affordable, bicycling swept the nation, Minnesota included. Minnesotans who embraced bicycling at this time helped lay the groundwork for a number of lasting changes in American society, from shorter skirts to better roads.

Sauna stove

Sauna stove

Sauna stove, 1974. Photograph by Matti E. Kaups.

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