Peddling water by peddling farther – Londonderry Lithia’s lady on a bike.

Lithia water – spring water containing naturally high lithium salts content – has been credited with everything from long life to providing relief from too tight underwear and to prove it beneficial qualities the Londonderry Lithia Spring Water Company of Nashua, New Hampshire promoted an around the world bicycle tour by Annie  Cohen Kopchovsky. We do not know if she ever drank any of the water or not and while she certainly did not circumnavigate the world on two wheels she did some very extensive riding which must have been good for her since she lived to be 77!

Around the world on two wheels : Anne Londonderry’s extraordinary ride      Peter Zheutlin  Bicycle touring, Londonderry, Annie Travel  New York, NY : Kensington Pub., 2007 Hardcover. 1st ed., later printing. 260 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 22 cm.     Includes bibliographical references (p. [177]-196) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

Until 1894 there were no female sport stars, no product endorsement deals, and no young mothers with the chutzpah to circle the globe on a bicycle. Annie Londonderry changed all of that.

When Annie left Boston in June of that year, she was a brash young lady with a 42-pound bicycle, a revolver, a change of underwear, and a dream of freedom. She was also a feisty mother of three who had become the center of what one newspaper called “one of the most novel wagers ever made”: a high-stakes bet between two wealthy merchants that a woman could not ride around the world on a bicycle. The epic journey that followed took the connection between athletics and commercialism to dizzying new heights, and turned Annie Londonderry into a symbol of women’s equality.

A vastly entertaining blend of social history, high adventure, and maverick marketing, Around the World on Two Wheels is an unforgettable portrait of courage, imagination, and tenacity.


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