I was intrigued by these photos of a Nashville intersection on Shorpy.com.
Here, the intersection of 3rd and Church in 1910, almost 100 years ago. (Is it weird that I find it weird that 1910 was almost 100 years ago? Because I do.)
Original caption: "George Christopher, Postal Telegraph messenger #7, fourteen years old. Been at it over three years. Does not work nights."
Glad to hear you don’t work nights at 14, George! I totally covet your bike. Maybe it’s just the white tires but it reminds me of either the Batavus Fryslan, or the bike I would be riding if I were a man: the Pashley Guv’nor. The days of bike messengers aren’t completely gone for Nashville, but the streets definitely don’t look the same:
The same corner today. One lonely ped, no bikes.
Shorpy’s image collection is full of fascinating glimpses of the past–though sometimes you have to look closely. Take this photo of a bank in Washington D.C., circa 1918:
Not too thrilling, until you look at the full-sized photo and notice this bicycle–a Dayton Motor Bicycle, according to the comments.
And this one, leaning against the wall
I love how the people are blurry because of the long exposure time.
And I can’t resist posting this picture of Frances Benjamin Johnson, one of the first female photographers and now my latest feminist idol, posing dressed as a man with a penny-farthing. I really want to try riding one of those things. Have any of you been on one?
Circa 1890. "Frances Benjamin Johnston, self-portrait, dressed as a man with false mustache."
If you’re feeling nostalgic or if you’re into history, Shorpy is a wonderful way to while away an hour or two. If you check it out, be sure to share any good bicycle pics you find with us.