Monday, 14 December 2015

Annie Londonderry, First Woman To Cycle Around The World

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Annie 'Londonderry' Cohen Kopchovsky (1870-1947) was the first woman to bicycle around the world. She was a free-thinking young woman, who reinvented herself as the daring 'Annie Londonderry' - entrepreneur, athlete, and globetrotter. She was born into a Jewish family in Riga in modern-day Latvia around 1870, and emigrated to the United States as a child.

The Londonderry Lithia Spring Water Company paid her $100 to carry its placard on her bike and also contracted with her to adopt its name. Travelling with a change of clothes and a pearl-handled revolver, Annie Londonderry earned her way by turning her bicycle and body into a billboard, carrying advertising banners and ribbons through cities around the world.

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