St. Louis: N.p., 1912-1916. Album containing over 300 vintage black and white and sepia tone vernacular photographs belonging to St. Louis Cycling Club member Lloyd H. Faidley, shot between 1912 and 1916. Housed in a leather bound volume with gilt titles.
An uncommonly large and intimate album illustrating the adventures of the oldest continuously operating cycling club in the United States, this item depicts various outings to rivers, caves, and stony bluffs in rural Missouri and Illinois, as well as club parties and social events. The first bicycles in St. Louis were brought over from a Chicago manufacturer in 1878, and the club was founded less than ten years later in 1887, making it one of the earliest cycling clubs in the country as well. It is still in existence today.
The album contains 286 photos, plus another eight photos that have detached from their original album page, and seven photo post cards, along with two pages of notes in holograph pencil detailing various rides, their mileage and destination, and notes on how many miles a given bicycle tire lasted before needing to be replaced.
Photos between 2.25 x 2.25 and 8.25 x 6.5 inches, housed in a 10.5 x 13.5 inch post-bound leather album. Photos all Very Good plus or better. Album has a few chips to the leather at the corners, with front hinge split.