1889 Lancaster Bicycle Club of Pennsylvania; a small collection of printed matter, correspondence, receipts, etc.
Small collection of correspondence, financial documents, and papers kept by the Lancaster Bicycle Club of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. All dating from 1889, the material covers aspects of club life, its annual bicycle racing tournament, operating expenses, communications etc.
A substantial portion from the collection concerns the club-sponsored “Fourth Annual Tournament,” a series of bicycle races held at the Lancaster Driving Park on July 18–19: an oversized tournament program, a printed prize list, an announcement of the race’s postponement, receipts relating to program advertisements and for the purchase of prizes from Lancaster optician and jeweler D.F. Grove, etc.
The July tournament had 17 races, including “One Mile Novice—Open,” “One Mile Ordinary—Open to Boys Under 16 Years,” “One Mile Pennsylvania L.A.W. [League of American Wheelmen] Championship,” “Three Mile Club Team—Teams of 3 Men,” “Two Mile Club Handicap (Safeties barred),” “Half Mile ‘Hands Off’—Open,” and “Three Mile Lap Race—Open.” Prizes were generous including a “Victor Cyclometer”, an “Elegant Silver-headed Cane,” “Diamond Scarf Pin,” a “Gold Pencil,” a “Bicycle Suit,” “Bicycle Saddle,” “Bicycle Shoes,” and, for the team event, a “Sterling Silver Cup by Gorham.”
Other items document the club’s income and expenses at its rooms at 28 and 30 East King Street; a letter from Philadelphia engraver Henry M. Snyder concerns a “cut in 2 Colors,” possibly for a club logotype; two letters from Secretary and Treasurer H.M. Greil, etc.
Description: 1889 Lancaster Bicycle Club of Pennsylvania; a small collection of printed matter, correspondence, receipts, etc.
[Mainly Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1889]. Printed, partly-printed, and manuscript items: letters, receipts, a program, prize list, etc. Overall; very good.