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

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Slide 1
Brown, walking out with Mrs. B., notices how nicely some cyclists get over the ground
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
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Number of slides
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1893-1914 (item ref. 647)

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of North of England Temperance League, 1906 (item ref. 176)

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

12 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3000960

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 18 May 2024

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