May 1, 2024

Learning to Ride a Bicycle

In Tauxemont, Alexandria, VA

These pictures are from decades ago.  My little sister Peggy was learning to ride a bike so my mother was steadying her. 

In the second picture, Peggy is holding the bike and the newspaper boy is at the door collecting the subscription fee. That’s how daily papers were delivered back then: Peter Kanwit delivered the Evening Star to a tube attached to our mailbox and regularly he would collect the fee. 

I took these pictures with my first camera, a simple plastic Kodak camera. They are in an old scrapbook and badly faded. I took a picture of them yesterday using my cell phone and the PhotoScan app and then darkened them. I’ll show you how faded they were before I changed them. They looked even lighter in the Photos app, so I may have overdone the second one.


  1. ...we have a grandson who just got his driver's license and does know how to ride a bike.

  2. I had one of those Kodak box cameras. I even have one photo of me and my siblings on bikes (I guess my mother snapped the shutter). Perfect subject. Good that you are preserving them. My black and white pics lasted better than color.
    best, mae at

  3. Great pictures. I bought a scanner, I scan and sort them, of course I think the next generation (my children) might throw them away, but I love them! I love yours where you shot your sister on the bike, it brings back so many memories!

  4. It’s remarkable how old pictures can be rehabilitated by technology.

  5. Admittedly I have not been on a bike in years.


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