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The Bikes of “Call the Midwife”

In the wake of last year’s Downton Abbey fever (which surprisingly, I successfully avoided despite being an incorrigible Anglophile), PBS is putting a lot of marketing behind their new series Call the Midwife. Set in the 1950s, the show follows a group of midwives (some are nuns, some are not) as they make calls on London’s east end—home of the city’s poorest residents.

Delightfully, the midwives get around by bike! Here are a few stills from the first episode, all beautiful:

Actually, one of the reasons the show piqued my interest was seeing publicity stills, banner ads, and trailers that all featured bike riding scenes. And what beautiful bikes they are! Raleigh cruisers, I’m sure.

(The rest of the show is pretty good so far too…)

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One month ago I traveled to Hamilton, Montana, to interview an energetic woman named Norma. Ever since, I’ve been hard at work making my first short film—and now it’s done! Copious amounts of time went into this seven minute video, which I’m considering the crowning achievement of my MPub internship.

Won’t you give it a watch?

The Cycling Eight also went up on the Adventure Cycling Association blog earlier today, where you can read a little more contextual information if you’re interested.

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Nerd Alert: Resource for Oregon Bike History

While doing some research on a mostly unrelated topic this morning, I ran across “Oregon on Two Wheels: The History of Cycling in Our Historic Newspapers.” This blog post features some interesting bike-related clips from Historic Oregon Newspapers, a database of digitized newspapers hosted by the University of Oregon.

This made me wonder what Eric Lundren has been up to. I met Eric while working on the BTA’s Alice Awards for the first time in 2007. After his stint there, he moved back to his hometown of Salem, reportedly to be closer to the Oregon State Archives and do research. Eric’s area of scholarly interest is the early bicycle history of Oregon. In late 2007 I attended his presentation at the PSU Transportation Seminar class (scroll down to November 30, 2007, for his slides, or to watch the lecture online). At the time he said he was working on a book. Besides a couple of BikePortland articles he wrote a couple of years later, I’ve heard nary a peep from him since.

(Photo: Downtown Portland, OR, May 1974.)

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