Exhibition Talk: “Pulled from the Flames: The Remarkable Backstory behind ‘Round Trip’”

David Herlihy

David Herlihy

Please join us Thursday Dec. 3 at 4:00pm in Olin Library’s Ginkgo Reading Room for an exhibition talk relating to the exhibit “Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891.”

Fifty years ago, a photo buff in Houston literally snatched the negatives of the Round Trip images from a bonfire, saving a precious piece of history for posterity. Guest Curator David Herlihy tracked the man down and will relate the miraculous details of this remarkable recovery.

David V. Herlihy is the author of Bicycle: The History (Yale University Press), which received the 2004 Award for Excellence in the History of Science from the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers, and The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), which was included on Publishers Weekly’s list of the 100 best books of 2010.

Herlihy’s seminal work has greatly clarified the true origins of the bicycle. He is responsible for the naming of a bicycle path in Boston after Pierre Lallement, the original bicycle patentee, and for the installation of a plaque by the New Haven green where the Frenchman introduced Americans to the art of cycling in 1866.

A leading authority in his field, Herlihy has been interviewed by numerous television, radio, and newspaper personalities in the U.S. and abroad, and his work has appeared in a wide variety of general-interest and specialty magazines. Herlihy is the guest curator of Round Trip, a traveling exhibition featuring previously unpublished photographs taken by WU alums Thomas Allen, Jr. and William Sachtleben on their bicycle trip through Greece, Turkey, Persia (Iran), and the Russian Empire in 1891. On display in Olin Library’s Ginkgo Reading Room, the exhibit runs until January 10, 2016.

“Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891” is organized and circulated by the Fowler Museum at UCLA and co-sponsored by the UCLA Library Special Collections. Support for the exhibition was provided by Lee Bronson, Shirley and Ralph Shapiro, and Sukey and Gil Garcetti.

For more information on the exhibition, click here.

 “The mosque of a Mogul sovereign of Irak at Sultania as seen from the road.” August 8, 1891.

“The mosque of a Mogul sovereign of Irak at Sultania as seen from the road.” August 8, 1891.

Image from Collection of the UCLA Library Special Collections.

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