I was in Detroit on business a few weeks ago, had some time to kill and spent 90 minutes at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. They had an interesting bicycle exhibit, with bikes going back to some of the original velocipedes.
Given the conversations here about saddles, saddle cutouts, etc, thought you'd be interested in this comfort innovation -- circa 1897.
Looks just like the new Brooks Imperial.
And I was really surprised to see this - a home trainer for cyclists from 1886 -- (it's the black contraption between the bicycle wheels).