“Mabel Williams with her bicycle at 54 Main Street, residence of James Ballantyne, Ottawa, Ontario,” July 1898, by James Ballatyne, via Library and Archives Canada Commons on flickr (under CC License).
Modern and stylish, ca. 1900. That’s an interesting device for keeping the kettle warm.
Young women of that time must have been pretty desperate to get out on their own — to bicycle in corsets, puffy high-necked blouses, and large hats.
Beautiful, thick vines on the porch behind them. (You can click on the photo to enlarge it.)
. . .Tell, tell your griefs ; attentive will I stay,
Tho’ time is precious, and I want some tea.
— Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, from “Thursday; the Bassette- Table“