Bicycle Face: A Lady Cyclist Medical Scare in the 1890s

What was “bicycle face”, why were 1890s doctors afraid of it, and what does it have to do with feminism? Find out today in this single-episode series!

ERROR CORRECTION: In the episode, Susan B. Anthony is quoted as calling bicycle face a “freedom machine”, but of course she was referring to bicycles, not bicycle face. My bad.

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Co-hosts: B. T. Newberg, with a special mystery treat at the end with Nick and Anna

Time/place: 1890s Europe and the Americas

Dead idea: Bicycle Face

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Main Sources

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Angier, N. (2015, July 13). “The Bicycle and the Ride to Modern America.” The New York Times. Retrieved November 25, 2016, from: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/14/science/the-bicycle-and-the-ride-to-modern-america.html

“The ‘Bicycle Face.'” (1895, March 20). The Literary Digest, 548-549. Retrieved November 25, 2016, from: UNZ.org

Bishop, J. B. (1896, August). “Social and Economic Influence of the Bicycle.” The Forum, 680-689. Retrieved November 25, 2016, from: UNZ.org

Dickinson, R. L. (1896, April). “Bicycling for Women: The Puzzling Question of Costume.” The Outlook, 751-752. Retrieved November 25, 2016, from: UNZ.org

Gosse, E. (1899, June). “The Reverses of Britomart.” The North American Review, 720-729.

“Hidden Dangers of Cycling Again.” (1897, March). The Literary Digest, 775-776. (citing Pollack)

“In Vanity Fair.” (1897, July). Munsey’s Magazine, 631-634.

Rees, G. (2012). “The Hidden Dangers of Cycling.” Gareth Rees. Retrieved November 25, 2016, from: http://garethrees.org/2012/01/10/shadwell/

Shadwell, A., M.D. (1897, February). “The Hidden Dangers of Cycling.” The National Review. Retrieved November 25, 2016, from: UNZ.org

“Topics in Brief.” (1898, May). The Literary Digest, 549. Retrieved November 25, 2016, from: UNZ.org

 

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