May 5 1882 BICYCLING WORLD Magazine illus League of American Wheelmen
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William E. Gilman, editor. THE BICYCLING WORLD: The Official Organ of the League of American Wheelmen, Volume IV, No. 26, 5 May, 1882. Published in Boston.Measures 8 x 11". 10 pages - apparently complete (?) and apparently published without exterior wraps - numbered consecutively throughout the volume, pp. 305-315.
Not long into the era of the "bicycle craze" in the US, bicycle clubs sprang up everywhere, and in 1880 they combined to form the League of American Wheelmen (LAW).This move was spearheaded by Albert Augustus Pope (1843-1909) a Civil War vet who started the very first bicycle manufacturing concern in the US - Pope Manufacturing Co. (Boston and Hartford). In the early years, LAW actively lobbied and petitioned for the cause of getting better roadways and laws for bicyclists, and they succeeded in 1893 in getting Congress to appropriate funds for a study by the US Office of Road Inquiry (precursor of the Federal Highway Administration). This magazine was a weekly in the early years. Includes several illustrated ads for bikes and gear (American Star Bicycle, Astley Bicycle and Tricycle Works of England, Pope's Columbia model, etc. Contains two pages on bicycle races, news of clubs, excerpts from other publications publishing material on bicycling, ads for cycling literature, ads for ... read more