The Glory Days of Cycling

Bicycle advertisements from 1890 through the 1950’s often featured the elegant feeling of gliding through the air.  I have been using images from classic bicycle posters in a series of small quilts to celebrate the ‘scorching scandal and emancipation’ that bicycling created for women in the United States.   The first big bicycle boom in the 1890’s created the pneumatic tire and a demand for paved roads, as well as women’s voting rights in 1920.

This detail is from the ‘Cobblestones’ quilt which uses lots of little squares.  It has been fun to match traditional quilting patchwork with the vintage poster  images.

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