Bicycling in California: Transforming the Landscape

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Bicycling in California: Transforming the Landscape




Californians have long embraced bicycles, exploring the natural wonders of the West and providing movement to people as never before. These images illustrate the importance and relevance of this basic mode of transportation from the 1870s through the Covid-19 outbreak.


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Striking telephone operators
Shows women and men standing on street, one man is walking a bicycle.

The big bicycle meet in October.
A row of men and their bicycles are perpendicular to a grandstand structure in the background; the row of cyclists is to the right of the photo with the track in front of them; the 2nd story grandstand is supported by pillars with offices underneath…

208 Magnolia Ave. Riverside
View down dirt street lined with trees. At right, street car on tracks. Boy and bicycle at center. Bicycle in ditch at left.

The long forgotten "Riverside Road", the speedway for our fine carriages.
View of a man and a woman posed next to their bicycles on a dirt road (Riverside Boulevard), another bicycle leaning against a tree at left, large tree next to the woman, building at right. Handwritten below the photo: The long forgotten "Riverside…

Shows parade down street with man walking in lower right, men on bicycles (one with parasol) down center of street, spectators line far side. Shows hardware and millinery shop,

Flower Festival, Santa Barbara, Cal.
View of parade entry; shows flower decorated gaff-rigged sailboat on bicycles; woman wearing blouse shirt and pantaloons at the fore, man in uniform at the aft, young girl in boat, woman and man on bicycles in foreground.

Kate (2 views)<br /><br />
Other Title: [William T. Harlow photograph album]
Shows woman on bicycle in front of a house and iron fence.

[Robert M. Holtsby&#039;s Bakersfield home]
Shows house set back among trees and lawn. Constructed of stone, brick and scalloped shingles, has three stories, bay and dormer windows and gazebo on back side of house. Young lady with bicyle in front, right side.

Overland Ticket Office, Oakl. CA
Shows dirt street, building in background. In foreground is man mounted on three-wheeled bicycle. Bicycle has box mounted on front side, reads "Rapid parcel delivery, phone, Oakland 8156" on side.

[Taber family]
Shows Taber family in the backyard of their home, 1351 Madison Street, Oakland. From left to right: baby Louise, her nanny, Sarah Slocum (Annie Taber's mother), Annie Slocum Taber, Daisy, and the Chinese gardner and household servant.
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