Modern cycle tourists carry the bulk of their travel kit in either front or rear panniers (saddle bags) or both, that hang from mounted racks. The bag of choice for the rider of the ordinary bicycle was the M.I.P. bag. This bag was hung below the saddle along the backbone. M.I.P. stands for Multum In Parvo and is abbreviated for the Latin phrase much in little. These bags were offered in various sizes and of varying quality by many bicycle distributors. This bag is 15"L x 7"W x 4"D.
In the town where I grew up there was an older woman we all called Bicycle Annie. She road a 1940's era women's single speed balloon tire bicycle everywhere. At that time Annie must have been in her early 70's. No matter the weather or time of year Annie was out on her bike. Several of the towns I have lived in since have had their own local bicycle character. Many of the bikes that belonged to these folks had been personalized by their owner. The bicycle pictured here once belonged to Sam Howard a onetime resident of Burlington Vermont. Burlington is the city where I now live.
The New Departure Co. began business in Bristol Connecticut U.S.A.. The company was founded in 1889 by Albert Rockwell,a Florida hardware dealer. Their first product was a spring loaded door bell. In 1892 New Departure introduced the rotary gong bicycle bell in three sizes. This bell,the No. 1 rotary gong, is the largest .
New Departure is known for introducing a bicycle coaster brake in 1898 and went on to have a long career manufacturing automobile parts.
An early dry-cell battery lamp by Ever Ready patented April 26 1898 and October 24 1899. The Ever Ready Company was founded by Conrad Hubert in 1898. This lamp used 3 dry-cell batteries that were similar to modern alkaline batteries. The small handle on the top of the lamp acts as a switch that turns the lamp on when pushed forward. Two small glass jewels, one red and one green, are located on each side of the lens shroud .
Fredrick L. Johnson of Wallingford Connecticut was a whistle designer at the turn of the 19th century 1885 - 1910. Johnson capitalized on the bicycle craze during the time of the high wheel or Ordinary bicycle and continued with the arrival of the Safety bicycle. His whistles were loud. With a long tube they were designed after the principle of a steam whistle. Below are two examples.
An effective road clearer was the pocket trumpet or cyclists baritone. Two tones are achieved by pressing the valve button while blowing into the instrument. The horn is nickle plated and measures approximately 5 inches in length. It is unmarked. In addition to 19th century cyclists these were also popular with hunting parties.