This audio recording, taken from a 78rpm disc, is a comic monologue about learning to ride a bicycle, one of a series of recordings by the performer Cal Stewart in the persona of ‘Uncle Josh’.

Inevitably, of course, Uncle Josh went on to buy an automobile some years later, at the point where bicycle manufacturers were moving over to making cars, having perfected the necessary production processes and infrastructure, and having generated wide-spread demand for private mobility.

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