Velocipede 1

A Sierra-Nevada Wood & Lumber Co. supervisor makes an inspection trip.

Velocipede 2

Bob Roberts on a Sheffield velocipede



“We might understand each other better if we had more frank conversations between Britons and Americans. You must bear in mind that we are, on the whole, more emotional, vociferous and intolerant than you. We’ll go to a baseball game or a football match and shout for the blood of the referee, and on occasion, fling beer bottles at him. Our domestic controversies are conducted in strong language, with much name-calling — in short, we’re inclined to say what we think, even when we have not thought very much.”

— Edward R. Murrow, speaking to Britons from London during World War II, quoted in Citizens of London (2010) by Lynne Olson


“There were eccentric characters in the hotel. The Paris slums are a gathering-place for eccentric people — people who have fallen into solitary, half-mad grooves of life and given up trying to be normal or decent. Poverty frees them from ordinary standards of behaviour, just as money frees people from work. Some of the lodgers in our hotel lived lives that were curious beyond words.

“There were the Rougiers, for instance, an old, ragged, dwarfish couple who plied an extraordinary trade. They used to sell post cards on the Boulevard St. Michel. The curious thing was that the post cards were sold in sealed packets as pornographic ones, but were actually photographs of chateaux on the Loire; the buyers did not discover this until too late, and of course never complained.


The Rougiers earned about a hundred francs a week, and by strict economy managed to be always half starved and half drunk.”

— From Down and Out in Paris and London (1933) by George Orwell


“After Chamberlain and the French prime minister handed over much of Czechoslovakia to Adolf Hitler at Munich in September 1938, Kennedy remarked happily to Jan Masaryk, the Czechoslovak minister to Britain: ‘Isn’t it wonderful? Now I can get to Palm Beach after all.'”

— U.S. Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy, quoted in Citizens of London (2010) by Lynne Olson