On Thursday night, US cycle historian David Herlihy and BikeBiz executive editor Carlton Reid will be hosting a Victorian lantern show at Look Mum No Hands bike shop in London. The ‘Hug an Historian’ night is free and starts at 7pm.
The evening will feature a talk by Reid, introducing some of the characters that will feature in his upcoming book, Roads Were Not Built For Cars. The book is due to be published in August after raising £17,000 on Kickstarter from more than 600 backers.
Kicking of the lantern show (OK, a PowerPoint presentation via a Mac and a projector) is US historian David V Herlihy. The author of Bicycle and The Lost Cyclist will be screening recently-digitised photographs of American "globe girdlers" Thomas Allen and William Sachtleben. The pair embarked on a round-the-world trip on British Safety bicycles in 1891. The photos have been scanned from circular Kodak plates that have been langushing in the archives of University of California, Los Angeles, and include images from Greece, Turkey, and Persia.