A 150 Year Old Patent

For some old-timey news, “An enterprising individual propelled himself about the green last evening on a curious frame sustained by two wheels following each other, and driven by foot-crank.”

6.5 Pierre Lallement 1869 Source: DVH Format: grayscale tiff
6.5 Pierre Lallement 1869
Source: DVH
Format: grayscale tiff

His patent was the first for a bicycle and he mysteriously disappeared. Lallement’s historic ride and historical contribution were forgotten until his story was rediscovered in the early 90s by David Herlihy in the book, Bicycle: The History and The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance.

Read the rest of the story by Eric Ofgang in Connecticut Mag.