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1896.
Driving Park on our wheels. Locked 'em up by a shed. And began waiting the first race - just begin - 1/4 mile open. Will Randall - L.V.W. won the first heat - amid cheers - "Eddie Bald" was in it - the famous - I took a picture. I've not much idea of what or who. "Tom Cooper" of Detroit won the 2nd heat & the race. And in fact beat Bald every time- to the intense delight of his followers. It was fun to hear them cheer him as he walked back in a very badly-draped blanket. The colors of the costumes were very striking - a number white - a few black - several bright orange & yellow - 3 or 4 different shades of red - a blue brilliant & a blue pale (a pretty color - Wm Connolly, who won the , wore it) bright green & purple & one little blonde canadian (a good one - "Harley Davidson" - won 2nd heat in [illegible] & came in 3rd or 4th at end) wore short brilliant green pants - or trunks - & a vivid pink sweater or upper garment. Watching them start & finish & seeing the funny faces made up in the running races, &c. was great fun. A Mr. J. (John?) Smith of Niagara Falls broke a World's record running. Another funny thing was the "Bald Black & white Tandem" - as pacer - 1st half black & last white - 1st ridden by a negro dressed in black & back by a white man in white. They broke their chain at the first trial. I tried to take their picture - in fact, I tried 4

1896.
Driving Park on our wheels. Locked 'em up by a shed. And began waiting the first race - just begin - 1/4 mile open. Will Randall - L.V.W. won the first heat - amid cheers - "Eddie Bald" was in it - the famous - I took a picture. I've not much idea of what or who. "Tom Cooper" of Detroit won the 2nd heat & the race. And in fact beat Bald every time- to the intense delight of his followers. It was fun to hear them cheer him as he walked back in a very badly-draped blanket. The colors of the costumes were very striking - a number white - a few black - several bright orange & yellow - 3 or 4 different shades of red - a blue brilliant & a blue pale (a pretty color - Wm Connolly, who won the , wore it) bright green & purple & one little blonde canadian (a good one - "Harley Davidson" - won 2nd heat in [illegible] & came in 3rd or 4th at end) wore short brilliant green pants - or trunks - & a vivid pink sweater or upper garment. Watching them start & finish & seeing the funny faces made up in the running races, &c. was great fun. A Mr. J. (John?) Smith of Niagara Falls broke a World's record running. Another funny thing was the "Bald Black & white Tandem" - as pacer - 1st half black & last white - 1st ridden by a negro dressed in black & back by a white man in white. They broke their chain at the first trial. I tried to take their picture - in fact, I tried 4

1896.
Driving Park on our wheels. Locked 'em up by a shed. And began waiting the first race - just begin - 1/4 mile open. Will Randall - L.V.W. won the first heat - amid cheers - "Eddie Bald" was in it - the famous - I took a picture. I've not much idea of what or who. "Tom Cooper" of Detroit won the 2nd heat & the race. And in fact beat Bald every time- to the intense delight of his followers. It was fun to hear them cheer him as he walked back in a very badly-draped blanket. The colors of the costumes were very striking - a number white - a few black - several bright orange & yellow - 3 or 4 different shades of red - a blue brilliant & a blue pale (a pretty color - Wm Connolly, who won the , wore it) bright green & purple & one little blonde canadian (a good one - "Harley Davidson" - won 2nd heat in [illegible] & came in 3rd or 4th at end) wore short brilliant green pants - or trunks - & a vivid pink sweater or upper garment. Watching them start & finish & seeing the funny faces made up in the running races, &c. was great fun. A Mr. J. (John?) Smith of Niagara Falls broke a World's record running. Another funny thing was the "Bald Black & white Tandem" - as pacer - 1st half black & last white - 1st ridden by a negro dressed in black & back by a white man in white. They broke their chain at the first trial. I tried to take their picture - in fact, I tried 4
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