Thursday, January 20, 2011

Friday Flash 55.....











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Before the War, Gerard owned a business!

His company taught women how to mount and ride bicycles.

Few females rode bikes back then because it was considered

"unlady-like"! Ironically because of the metal shortage, some bikes

were built without the extra support bar.

Thus...The 'Girls Bike' was born, and Gerard's short-lived

profession ended!


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I hear that Gerard finally got a job selling womens shoes!
If you or anyone you know has written a Friday Flash 55
Please come tell The G-Man...
I will visit, read, enjoy, comment...Then BOOK!!
So from the most gracious host from coast...
Have a Kick Ass Week-End!!!




70 comments:

Jannie Funster said...

Looks like risque business in some of those!

I prefer banana seat bikes myself, with a roll bar and built in beer holders.

I posted a 55whooo-hoooo!!\\xoxo

Monkey Man said...

Gerard had a creepy smile. Quite the HIstoric 55 you created here, G. I am almost speechless.

My 55 is HERE .

Jannie Funster said...

Who loves ya, baby?? We ALL do.

Yahtzee and such.

xo

moondustwriter said...

As a cyclist I ride a man's bike (not one with a sissy bar) can't imagine trying to deal with a skirt.

I'm sure more than Gerard got a great view

Retro indeed!

Mine is the End of the Trail

Happy Trails everyone

and thanks G for hosting 55 weeks a year

whoo hoo Jannie way to score

Lulda Casadaga said...

ooh..la la! A sporting 55 G. Alas, my bike sits in the garage with 2 flat tires. Maybe this Spring I'll take it out...but, I ain't wearing any garters! :D

Brian Miller said...

bet gerald enjoyed that job for a time...lol. nice 55 G!

i am in!

Shewriting said...

what a job! Nice job on the 55, too :) mine is here

rudy said...

Aw, too bad, but I'll bet he enjoyed the job while it lasted ;)

Ballad of East and West

peppylady (Dora) said...

Learn a lot thanks for giving us this.
I'm sharing your great post on facebook.

Coffee is on.

Someone Is Special said...

Nice pic and Job G-Man! I am back with 55.. Here is mine, Cry of a Spouse

Someone is Special

Millie said...

That is quite the interesting history lesson! My human's 55 is here.
http://razzamadazzle.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/a-sunny-55/

I did a 55 too, but please be warned that my blog is very family friendly. I'm a G-Goat.

G-Man said...

People Please remember...
Flash FICTION 55!!!
Some things might not be totally true!!!
Thats all I'm saying....Galen

kkrige said...

That is priceless my friend!It reminds me of a joke that a friend of the family used to tell (about a shoe salesman & helping female clients). That is a joke for another day though. funny 55

Serena said...

Had Gerard been a gentleman, he might have warned the young ladies about proper bike riding attire.:-)

5thsister said...

well, looks like his business was too hot to "handle" anyway.

Mine is HERE

Alice Audrey said...

Who knew bicycles could be so sexy?

Mine is here

Janna said...

I'll have a tricycle, please.
With extra cushioning. (!)

Thanks for another Friday 55!
Mine's here. :)

Always Write said...

This is my first try. Thanks for letting me take a stab at a new type of writing.

http://alwayswriteblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/frozen-frame-friday-flash-fiction.html

Myrna R. said...

Looks like Gerard had some fun before running out of business.

My 55 is done.

kkrige said...

Oh and I've got 55 words up too.
Voila!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Nice photos G-Man! It was very bad for girls to spread their legs, hence the side saddle. I'm back in the saddle for another FF-55! Thanks for the history lesson behind the sissy bar. TGIF!!!

Cloudia said...

Good one!




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Stranger said...

Ooh! Lovely story and I love those photographs.
Is that true about the girls bike being a result of the metal shortage?
Happy Friday, Galen.

Mine's here.

Me said...

That girl, second from last pic? She doesn't look too comfortable...?

Anyhoo...

I'm in. Mine is Here.

Katherine said...

Cheeky Boy G-man! Very risky business this bicycle riding thing!!! It doesn't surprise me in the slightest that the gentlemen responders would have considered this an enjoyable career ... coaching female bicycles riders in the art of bicycle riding... he he he!!

Larry said...

Been awhile since I've been here and have truly missed it .. I like your fifty five Galen. You'll find mine down below.
The Alley
Thanks for reading...
larry This Blog Of Mine

Margaret Bednar said...

Quite the "Flashy" 55! :)

Let's see if I learned how to direct link...

My 55

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Gotta love a good ride.

anthonynorth said...

Funny piece of history there. Great fun. You'll find mine here.

Shadow said...

you serious???????? thanks for the smile, have a fab weekend!!!

Akelamalu said...

I bet Gerard absolutely LOVED his job! LOL


Mine's up.

Belinda Munoz said...

Oh, brother. A business to get into for so much more than just the money. I wonder if he gave discounts...I know nothing about building bikes but you'd think that the "Boy's Bike" would be the one that'd need extra support. A very funny post!

Here's mine: http://thehalfwaypoint.net/2011/01/seize-the-moment/

MomsJournal said...

hahaha if he were a generation older he would have been a doctor and made his living alleviating women of "hysteria". ;-)

Great 55 G. I'm not playing this week but I'm back to blogging. Hopefully I'll be able to blog consistently again.

gautami tripathy said...

Hope he staye a long time in that other job!

Here is mine: nutty nuts

budh.aaah said...

Umm Gerard sure got the other job as close to the first one as possible :p

magiceye said...

that sure is interesting!

An appeal to your good taste at http://instantwords.blogspot.com/2011/01/time-to-select.html
:)

RNSANE said...

I hated those garter belts though I know the men folks really liked them!!! You old rogue, you!!

Mine is at:

http://rnsane.blogspot.com/2011/01/friday-flash-55-slimy-aphrodisiac.html

the walking man said...

Damn War!!! I could have had an entirely different career.

MorningAJ said...

Wonder if that's why I don't ride a bike?

Here's something a bit more romantic!

Nimue said...

Oh 1 the pics do spoke a lot more :D
Loved it !!

PS : Its been very long time i saw you visit my blog ! Any particular reason G-Man ??

Here's my post : She

lime said...

that gerard, what an entrepreneur! what a fun set of pictures to spark the imagination. lol.

i'm up late but finally up here

hpicasso said...

his business went bust...I now offer you all...55

thanks for the venue



http://hpicasso.blogspot.com/2011/01/friday-flash-55012111.html

hope said...

Perhaps Gerald went into the porn business later? :)

Mine's up. Happy weekend!

Felicitas said...

There's another G who really knows how to live!

I'm back and I've got a 55 just for you, right here:
http://felicitas-metamorphosis.blogspot.com/2011/01/55-recipe-for-success.html

izzy said...

Wow, those are something Mr G!
quite the tale! quite a way to try and earn a living- Thanks.

http://izzy-conversing.blogspot.com/2011/01/flash-fiction-55-12011.html

drybottomgirl said...

How cool is this 55! I ride a retro bike that looks like it's from the 50's. My hubby calls it my "grandma" bike but I love it and get tons of compliments on it. Mine is up, have an awesome weekend! Go Pack Go!!!!

Nessa said...

Is that what men like about bikes - looking up women's britches?

Flash 55 - I Take It In

TALON said...

And now I know why I was a Tomboy :)

My 55: BHDS

Scott said...

lol you ALWAYS make me smile my friend, thank you!

mine is here: www.sobernuggets.blogspot.com

Mama Zen said...

Well, I'll be damned!

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

Probably, Mama Z! (LOL!)

Better late than never: Your Words

clean and crazy said...

that was almost naughty!! i finally got one up myself this week!!!

Fay's Too said...

Imagine that business not "taking off!"
Funny
here's mine http://faystoo.blogspot.com/2011/01/that-girl.html

Enchanted Oak said...
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Jingle said...

wow.
Glad that happened.
super mind opening 55 to me..
Happy Friday!

Here is My 55

Cad said...

As it's late, here's an EVENING HYMN AND LAST POST 55!!

moondustwriter said...

so I just found out my link doesnt

try this

Doctor FTSE said...

Hi G-Man! Posted this 55 worder at 19.10 GMT, inspired by those push-bikes.

hedgewitch said...

Not posting myself today, but had to say something about that 50"s bicycle porn. Have those women no shame? Have they no pants? (I meant outer not inner pants..TMI TMI!!!)

Kavita said...

Hmm... G for Gerard.. and G for Galen... (I see something there..) :))

You really have THE talent for putting up the most amazing of stories, Galen...
Keep rocking, my friend... xoxox

Now take a splash into my 55 for this week..

Enchanted Oak said...

Oh Galen you had me laughing me arse off! Pre War porn. Lord. What will the man do next???
My place is a bloody battlefiedl

Donnetta Lee said...

I could use a new pair of shoes.

Mine is finally up. Best to you this weekend. D

Susan at Stony River said...

Those photos are hilarious --
is that the real origin of the girl-bike? Pretty cool!

I have a photo for you up on mine today.

Caty said...

Poor Gerard! But at least he moved on :)

S said...

Well now that looks like the job for you, boy!
not to worry, G
Man, henna is not permanent!

Jingle Poetry said...

Greetings, Happy Sunday! Blessings…

Friendship Awards, Enjoy!
Thanks for the support, You Rock!
xxx

Dallas said...

We all need help sometimes and when I needed depression treatment I knew there was somewhere I could turn.

Tina said...

Thanks for the great article. I needed help finding rehab for women and I found many great resources on the web.

brian7 said...

This article hit home. When I needed to go to dual diagnosis treatment I found that these guys were caring and compassionate.

Sarah said...

Hmm... G for Gerard.. and G for Galen... (I see something there..) :)) You really have THE talent for putting up the most amazing of stories, Galen... Keep rocking, my friend... xoxox Now take a splash into my 55 for this week..