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'Roulette' sociable, c 1899.

'Roulette' sociable, c 1899.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


Two riders sat side by side on the sociable which became quite popular in the 1880s in tricycle form. In the late 1890s several manufacturers began to make sociable versions of the safety bicycle. The Roulette was able to convert between single and sociable configurations, but the company was put into liquidation in 1901 so it is unlikely that many were made.

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