This cuts a fine picture of a woman cyclist? (1868)

Among French ladies there is a mania for velocipedes. Several evince quite a passion for the exercise and they wear a velocipede costume, made expressly for the occasion. It is a sort of knickerbockers suit, of an English material, a kind of fancy green cloth, studded either with black dots or black vermicelli. The trousers are confined below the knee; a Russian blouse with flat plaits in front serves for bodice; it is fastened with mother of pearl buttons and confined round the waist with a band of cloth to match. A simple black straw toquet, black kid boots and gaiters to the knee.

The Derby Mercury, August 19, 1868

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