By David Cardillo, DDNP Staff
Happy National Bike Month from the DDNP!
May is National Bike Month, and while Bike Month wasn’t established until 1956, bicycles are still a cheap, easy way to travel locally. Bicycle advertisements featuring images frequented historic Delaware newspapers suggesting the financial stability of the bicycle industry. This ad from the Middletown Transcript, August 8, 1896 highlights that, as with today, the early bicycle companies touted bike-appropriate clothing and accessories.
Twenty-one years later, the Middletown Transcript, May 26, 1917 has an advertisement for the Ranger bike company, advertising not only bikes, but also accessories. Note that this particular company has also branched out into new technologies and offers parts for motorcycles and automobiles.
External Source: The League of American Bicyclists – https://bikeleague.org/bikemonth