“Offensive, absurd and comical costume” is Lord Salisbury’s opinion (1899)

 “Offensive, absurd and comical costume,” is Lord Salisbury’s latest description of the “rational” dresses which Englishwomen sometimes wear on the bicycle. These ladies will probably reply that they dress more or less like every woman who cycles in every country except our own and that to be “offensive, absurd and comical” in the eyes of Lord Salisbury is not to incur the odium of the entire human race. However, it may be taken for granted that public opinion in Great Britain is on Lord Salisbury’s side in this matter, the example of foreign lady cyclists notwithstanding.

Illustrated London News, July 01, 1899; pg. 949

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