On a bike with a whistle

By: usermattw

Jan 09 2019

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Category: Men

4 Comments

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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.

 

Comments:

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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