Friday, October 3, 2008

Bike Messenger 1913

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I just found this picture on (I highly recommend visiting this site daily). The photograph was taken in Dallas in 1913. This is the original caption by photographer Lewis Wickes Hine:
"Messenger boy in the heart of the Reservation (Red Light). Prostitutes run back and forth. Business beginning at mid-day. I saw messenger boys and delivery boys for drug stores from 15 years upward. Some still younger told me that they go there. This was in spite of a strong agitation being waged to close up the resorts."
What I find fascinating about this picture are the handlebars on the bike, they are incredibly wide and seem to consist of two separate bars bolted onto the stem.

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