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    Vintage Family Photo

    This is a picture of my Grandmother's - Grandfather - John Harvey Murrell, Born in 1880. I thought I'd share. I was excited to know I wasn't the first wheelman in the family. I have no-clue how to explain his left foot on the right pedal.

    If anyone else has antique images of family members on bikes ... please share.

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    Very cool photo.

    If I'm not mistaken, old photos required long exposures and the subjects had to stand perfectly still the whole time. That may have been his choice for a comfortable/stable position to stand for the photo. Just a guess.
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    Wondering if my browser may be at fault...can't see the photo.

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    Senior Member oggypop's Avatar
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    The Op's image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oggypop View Post
    Thank you! Wonderful family photograph.

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    Great photo. I wonder if my family has anything like this. I'll have to ask my mother about it.
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    Great image. I wonder where he was going to? What's in the suitcase? Is that his family seeing him off to some new destination or new job. Such an interesting photograph, do you know any of the background to this image and gathering of the people in the image?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Fountain View Post
    Great image. I wonder where he was going to? What's in the suitcase? Is that his family seeing him off to some new destination or new job. Such an interesting photograph, do you know any of the background to this image and gathering of the people in the image?
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    I know nothing more about this image aside from it being taken prior to him marrying. I don't know the setting or the other people in the image. Ole' John Harvey looks dapper though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oggypop View Post
    I have no-clue how to explain his left foot on the right pedal.
    On those old step through bikes you ride side saddle.

    Here's my dad in the mid-late 40s;
    I have spoken.

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    I've got an incredible one of my grandmother from the early 20th century. I'll dig it up and scan and share it here. Glad you posted this because I'd forgotten all about the photo until now.
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    What am I missing, it looks like his left foot on the left pedal to me...

    BTW - Nice photo!
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    from oklahoma, my second cousin joe bill wright and his bike

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    The twitpic stuff expires...

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    My Avatar is a photo of my great grandmother and her cousin in the late 19th century, so not only a wheelman, but a wheelwoman in my past. I also have another photo from 1920 of a great-great grandmother being chauffeured around in a type of thre-wheeled Bakfiets that has been fitted with a rattan seat for her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Citoyen du Monde View Post
    My Avatar is a photo of my great grandmother and her cousin in the late 19th century, so not only a wheelman, but a wheelwoman in my past. I also have another photo from 1920 of another great grandmother being chauffeured around in a type of thre-wheeled Bakfiets that has been fitted with a rattan seat for her.
    Such a jaunty pose your Grandma's cousin is posing for the camera........betcha she could had dropped him easy in the next hill they rode!

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    Old bike related photos are wonderful but where a member of your family is in the photo you want to know more about the circumstances that brought about the photo being taken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Citoyen du Monde View Post
    My Avatar is a photo of my great grandmother and her cousin in the late 19th century, so not only a wheelman, but a wheelwoman in my past.
    That sure looks like a slanted top tube to me... but that would never be the case for a vintage frame.
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