Friday, February 12, 2010

Atlanta's Woman's Club

I found an 1895 advertisement courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress for the Columbia Bicycle company. It shows a woman standing next to a bicycle in a shorter skirt than was previously worn. It is important to recognize that by using a woman in the advertisement, they demonstrated the large impact that the invention of bicycles had on women’s lives. It allowed them much more freedom than previously experienced as it provided them a fit mode of transport to attend their various activities. The number of women’s clubs in Atlanta rapidly expanded with the invention of the bicycle. It allowed women to experience greater freedom and entertainment than before, and aided in the shifting of women’s lives away from home duties. The bicycle had a significant impact on Atlanta's women's daily lives.

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