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Slide set: An adventure with a bicycle (story: Bamforth & Co., 12 slides, 1893)

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Slide 1

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Slide 2
Next day he resolves to have a bicycle himself
Slide 3
He trots out his new machine on a lonely road
Slide 4
After running some time beside the machine he makes a leap
Slide 5
But suddenly comes to grief
Slide 6
He takes a rest and rubs his aching limbs
Slide 7
He makes another attempt
Slide 8
Again he tries to mount
Slide 9
After many ugly falls he at length succeeds and parades before his wife
Slide 10
Mrs. B. applauds as he passes her in splendid style
Slide 11
He had only just passed his wife when a stone on the road tripped up the machine
Slide 12
Not being quite killed he has still plenty of time to reflect
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Number of slides
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in stock of Riley Brothers, 1893-1914 (item ref. 647)

in stock of J.W. Butcher, 1913

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Date of first manufacture
Reading or song

Robert Craven, An adventure with a bicycle in Short lantern readings 16 (1893)


The J.W. Butcher catalogue uses the title Adventures of a cyclist, and this title appears on labels on the illustrated examples of the slides, but the Bamforth catalogue and their reading use An adventure with a bicycle.


11 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3000960

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 22 November 2016

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