It was 1927 and Clärenore Stinnes, daughter of politician and WWI-era industrialist, Hugo (and, bless her, a bit of a dead ringer for Prince Charles), jumped in a mass production Adler, grabbed a couple mechanics and cameraman/future lover/husband Carl-Axel Söderström and set off to drive around the world and capture the world's first auto circumnavigation on film. You can see real footage of the feat here -- or pop to Germany to catch this new flick, "Fräulein Stinnes fährt um die Welt" which started this week. Very good costumes!
Bicycle lover David Byrne (yeah, the David Byrne) has helped the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT pull together a slew of bikes - artsy ones, fast ones (Lance Armstrong's), tricked out ones and even rattan ones - for its Bike Rides exhibit which opens Sept. 26 and runs through Jan. 3.
Above: One bike from Brazilian artist Jarbas Lopes' AERIALBIKEWAY (Cicolviaerea) series, 2001-07
Kerstin Vosshans lives in and writes about the South of France -- and has absolutely wonderful taste in jodhpurs. Check out her Wallflower Dispatches and take note of the other 20 amazing examples of elephant-eared riding pants she has on display. (Above: Jodhpurs Photograph Nr. 17 by Miss Louise Ireland & Miss Helen Marye, April 18th, 1925, via shorpy)
Jodhpurs Photograph Nr. 21 by Maharaja of Kotah and Maharaja Ishwari Singh
Jodphurs Nr. 23 by Edward VIII (later The Duke of Windsor) in the uniform of a Scottish Highlander while at Quebec, Canada, on his last visit to the dominion.