Velocipedes for ladies

Velocipedes for ladies

By the substitute of a basket seat in the centre of the bicycle instead of a saddle, the vehicle can be used by ladies, if any can be found with nerve and assurance enough to drive it. This mode of locomotion may suit the tastes of the fast young ladies on the Broadway of New York, or be used as an additional attraction by the demi-monde of Paris, but even the English girls of the period would hesitate to make a public appearance upon one of these new-fashioned coursers. A party of young ladies have taken up the matter in New York preparatory to making their debut in the approaching summer, and the velocipedist thus describes their dress:- “Let the outer dress skirt be made so as to button its entire length in front. The back part should be made to button from the bottom to a point about three-eights of a yard up the skirt. This arrangement does not detract at all from the appearance of an ordinary walking costume. When the wearer wishes to prepare for a drive, she simply loosens two or three of the lower buttons at the front and back, and bringing together the two ends of each side, separately, buttons them in this way around each ankle. This gives a full skirt around each ankle, and, when mounted, the dress falls gracefully at each side of the front wheel.”

(Liverpool Murcury, Monday, April 5, 1869; Issue 6612)

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