Friday, January 12, 2007

Bicycle Americana

Do you remember stories about an old TV show called "I Love Lucy"? In one of her many shows she did a show titled "Lucy's Bicycle Trip" on April 23, 1956. Here is the show synopsis:

The Ricardos and Mertzes are leaving Genoa for Nice when Lucy decides they should all go by bicycle because they can't see enough of the countries from the train. Ricky and the Mertzes agree under protest and after an exhausting day of pedaling, they spend the night in an Italian barn with the livestock. The next morning, they enjoy a breakfast which includes milk fresh from the cow, courtesy of Lucy. They finally reach the French-Italian border but Lucy thinks she has locked her passport in a trunk that was sent ahead.

That show is available on Amazon as a downloadable file for $1.99.(LINK)

Here is a more thorough recap of the show "Lucy's Bicycle Trip". Interestingly, reports say that the bicycles used in that show were all made by Schwin. I wonder if they had Schwin bicycles in France or Italy at that time.

If you get it, please share it with me. I would love to see that show.

Also, if you have some good pictures of Lucy or any of the other folks on the I Love Lucy show riding bicycles, or know where they can be viewed online. Please let me know and/or post the info in the comments. (smile).


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