On a bike with a whistle

By: usermattw

Jan 09 2019

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Category: Men


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What it is:

Photo measuring approx. 4.75 x 7 inches, affixed to a cardboard frame/backing measuring 8.5 x 9.75 inches.


What I know about it:

Undated and unidentified.  It was purchased at an estate sale in Idaho, but was sold because the family knew nothing of the subject’s identity or the photo’s origin.



This is the second of two photos my friend Keri sent me.  This young man isn’t just posing with a random prop bicycle, he’s showing us what a committed rider he is, with clips securing his trouser legs, and a two-pipe whistle at the ready in his mouth.  When not in his mouth, does the whistle simply dangle from his lapel, or does it go into what appears to be a pocket near his left elbow?  Is he simply a cycling enthusiast, or is he maybe commemorating some sort of excursion?  I even wondered if this represented some sort of job, like a paperboy or courier, though his outfit doesn’t suggest work to me.  In any case, he seems pleased to have the bicycle, and I’m pleased to have the picture.

4 comments on “On a bike with a whistle”

  1. Wow, I never saw a picture like this, from this period.

  2. Most interesting picture. I find his decision to be photographed with a whistle in his mouth most unusual.

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