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Lady, that handlebar ‘tache ain’t fooling no-one


This group of cyclists was photographed in the 1880s and shows a fine party from a chapter of the League of American Wheelmen. Note there’s a new-fangled Safety bicycle underneath one of the riders on the ground.

And check out the fella fourth from the left in the middle row. Now, I could be making a horrible historical mistake but does that fella look feminine to you?

2 thoughts on “Lady, that handlebar ‘tache ain’t fooling no-one

  1. Beth A / Reply December 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    There is a difference between ‘looking feminine’ and being a woman though, of course.

    • carltonreid / Reply December 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Oh, I agree. I can’t imagine it is a woman. No need, really. Women were allowed as members of the League of American Wheelmen. But there’s a long history of women masquerading as men in the navy and so forth. The ‘tache looks so fake but, with waxing, it would do.

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