Reel News: Yesterday’s News Today — “Some Freak Bills”

Heaven forfend! Women on bicycles! In bloomers! (Illustration from Puck, June 19, 1895, Library of Congress) (

“A bill was presented to the legislature of one of the eastern states making it a criminal offense for women to wear bloomers for bicycle riding. Some years ago there was a hue and cry because women wore Mother Hubbard dresses on the streets. They could wear Mother Hubbard cloaks or jackets, but not dresses, and there was a great deal of wonderment at the difference. Continue reading “Reel News: Yesterday’s News Today — “Some Freak Bills””