I'm looking for photos documenting the origins of cycling on the island (first cycles, roads & bicycles, women & children and bicycles, other forms of transport contrasted with bicycles.
Don't leave out the Museum’s amazing "home made bicycle" http://saltspringarchives.com/SSImuseum/pages/DSCN0481.htm
Anyone know more of the story behind that?
2008005058 is in front of the Burgoyne Bay Schoolhouse, the second one. This schoolhouse was built in 1901, so that dates the photo as after 1901.
50567.jpg - "Jesse Bond about to mount bicycle" has been boggling my mind, which made an instant "recognition" of the house behind as the Blackburn House (now the Salt Spring Centre Program House) completed 100 years ago in 1911. It is possible that other houses have the same architectural layout, and I do need to check the siding etc etc.
I would expect the house to be Mr. Bullock’s house, since it is Jesse Bond. The long shorts worn over black over-the-knee stockings are pretty early, possibly a cycling fashion of some sort?
50568.jpg - again Jesse Bond photographing his younger brother Harold with a bicycle - features a turret in the background. Maybe Jesse cycled round to various houses of note! I know of the Blackburn House turret, and the Ruckle farmhouse turret. How many more SSI turrets can we remember, putting our combined heads together - and which turret might this one be?
That’s a distinctive skinny chimney to the right of the turret in this photo. The turret at the Blackburn/Salt Spring Centre house had the brick chimney on the other side.
A1001 and E5184 and 2008005057 feature women’s clothing well before the 1920’s; I’d say 19th century for all three, 1890’s very likely, and therefore among the first bicycles (although the photos could be as late as 1898). The outfit of the top-hatted man of 0075 looks about the same era.
Audio: 84crofton.html Denise and Doreen Crofton, sisters, talking of their childhood and youth at Harbour House.
"Denise: One of the great attractions too, we had a boat called the Stirling. We used to take them off on picnics, and they loved that. We’d go to the other islands, or different places. Montague Harbour, Galiano Island, was always a special place. My brother Dermott, the eldest, would drive the boat. It was a beautiful boat, and it went quite fast, which was nice.
Ruth Sandwell: Was it a sailing boat? Or a motor boat?
Denise: No, a motor boat. They used to call them launches, in those days. Practically everybody had a launch. You know, they didn’t go in so much for cars, as launches.
Doreen: And there wasn’t as much bicycling as there is today. - chuckling.
Ruth Sandwell: Yes, it’s funny isn’t it, (Doreen - Yes!) how things come and go.
Denise: Well, no, I think in Mother’s day they used to bicycle quite a lot.
Doreen: Oh yes, in the very early days.
Denise: And then when the car came in, you wouldn’t be seen on a bicycle, unless you were a kid!"
Re earliest bicycle - pre 1897 for sure.
Salt Spring Island Parish & Home Monthly: May 1897 (which means the event happened in April 1897:
"A serious accident occurred just" in front of the Rev. E.
F. Wilson’s residence on April 13th. Mr. Wilson’s two-
daughters had just alighted from Mr. Harold Scott’s wag-
gon, having driven from the Vesuvius wharf. Just ahead
of the waggon was Mr. A. Walter driving in his buggy,
also one or two others on horseback, and one on a bicycle.
Just at the brow of the steep hill the tongue of the waggjp
slipped from the neck-yoke, and. falling, struck the ground,
and the horses_—fresh, powerful creatures—dashed forward.
and overthrowing the waggon, snapping both tongue and
whifHetree. and galloping down the hill at breakneck spcrtJ.
Mr. A. Walter jumped for his life: his buggy was smashed
to pieces, and the horse propelled with such velocity that
it was half way up the Divide before it was stopped. Mr.
Chaldecott, who was in the waggon, was badly injured in
the back, and, after lying up for ten days in Mr. Wilson’s
house, was sent down to the Jubilee Hospital on th ' Kh
Mr. Walter had his leg broken in two places, and a c
was sent for. Mr. Robertshaw was also badly injured a
the face and one arm. "