The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life

Book cover design


5.5 × 8.5 inches
Hardback cloth with dust jacket
University of Texas Press
Spring 2016


A history of the bicycle’s impact on American life and culture, the book begins in 1819 with the introduction of the two-wheeled Draisine in Philadelphia. Considering the book’s historic reach, I consulted the Library of Congress digital database for possible royalty free imagery. I found a wealth of images of American’s and their bicycles through the decades. The illustration I settled on is from an issue of the political magazine Puck, c. 1880, in which the bicycle is hailed as being superior to the traditional horse and buggy.