During Thanksgiving in Ohio, UffdaDave's wife, Cyd, told me that she enjoyed this blog especially my observations on global politics. She's not as ga-ga about bikes as UffdaDave or me.
So here are eleven British postcards published at the begining of the 20th Century. They not only illustrate the global impact of bikes but the all too familiar British prejudices towards the great unwashed of the world. I wonder how many Western rollers still feel the same way.
like the Eiffel Tower, the French were cheese-eating surrender monkeys.
the Italians have only the glories
of their lost Roman past.
the Germans eat way too much schnitzel.
know how to keep their weight down.
they aren't sophisticated enough to produce steel rims or dog leashes.
docile muslims before al Qaeda.
nasty, brutish, and short.
more backward and black
... of course.