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Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:19:52 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

     Robert Tracy <[log in to unmask]> has looked into the Pickwick 
Bicycling Club
for us:                                         (pjm)

> Dear Friends:
> See Wikipedia for the Pickwick Bicycling Club, founded in
> Hackney on 22 June 1870, 13 days after Dickens's death. It is indeed the
> oldest cycling club in the world, and also the oldest organization to be
> named after Dickens.There is a photo of the six founders with their
> "Penny-farthings." Like the Pickwickians, members had and still have a club
> uniform which has changed over the years: currently they wear straw
> boaters, black and yellow striped blazers, and a black and yellow striped
> tie. Each member chooses a name from among the characters in PP, and the
> president is alway called Samuel Pickwick. The badge shows a large P, with
> a smaller B and C on either side.
> Robert Tracy
>> Friends of the Dickens Forum,
>>      The book Michael Allen refers to was first published in 1891 and is
>> described as "Personal Reminisces of
>> the'Inimitable Boz' with More than a Hundred Illustrations by F.G. Kitton
>> and Other Artists."  It is one of those books
>> we came across early in our lives, glanced at, and dismissed as trivia.
>> Leave it to Michael Allen to look at it carefully
>> and find an interesting and fresh detail:
>> <[log in to unmask]> <[log in to unmask]>
>> (pjm)
>> Dear Patrick,
>> I was recently looking through a rather obscure item, a newspaper report
>> from the Birmingham Daily Mail in 1887, reporting on the collection of the
>> Dickens enthusiast William R. Hughes, who wrote the book "A week's tramp in
>> Dickens-land".  Hughes collected all manner of material but the following
>> reference particularly caught my eye:
>> "Does a new work on cycling appear, it passes at once into Mr Hughes'
>> possession, because of a two line reference to the person who taught Dickens
>> to use a bicycle, and a mention of the fact that the first bicycling
>> organisation formed was called the Pickwick Club".
>> I can't recollect seeing any other reference to Dickens riding a bicycle.
>> Indeed, I find it difficult to envisage Dickens on a bike.  Can the vast
>> experience of Dickens-Listers add anything more to this brief encounter?
>> Best wishes, Michael Allen.