Peter Drobach [on bike] 12/5/12 (LOC)

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Peter Drobach [on bike] 12/5/12

12/5/1912 (date created or published later by Bain)

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

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Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).


Format: Glass negatives.

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Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 2464-1


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    Dawn Endico

    • 02/May/2008 18:32:52

    Found references to him as a bicycle racer in the New York Times archive during 1910's.

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    • 07/Dec/2008 05:44:47

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Bicycle, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 04/Mar/2010 04:05:07

    great! ^^

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    • 18/Nov/2010 01:19:58

    Hey, that's my grandfather!

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    • 29/Mar/2012 17:33:59

    That's my grandfather:)

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    • 29/Mar/2012 17:58:50

    that's my great-grandfather!

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    Michael Neubert

    • 09/Dec/2017 14:57:43

    A search in will uncover mentions of Drobach winning, placing high, or participating in many races from 1908 through 1922 - a fairly long career. Road racing was not common - over this period the kind of bicycle racing that was popular varied somewhat over time and Drobach seems to have been able to do well in many types, including motor-paced cycle racing (drafting at high speed behind a motorcycle), relatively short distance races in velodromes, and six-day bicycle races in venues such as Madison Square Garden. This head-on photo doesn't allow much appreciation of the bicycle he was on, but it would have been a single speed track back, which is probably all he ever rode in competition. A bicycle such as that, with no gears or brakes, could be built at a low weight (no heavier than a present day road bike made of carbon fiber) but sufficiently strong. The rider could have the gearing changed to suit the type of race. Occasionally one can find a photograph like this in a newspaper in Chronicling America but I don't see this one.

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    Melissa (LOC P&P)

    • 18/Jan/2018 20:32:36

    Thanks for the information! We will update our records to note that Peter Drobach was a professional track cyclist who was active between 1908 and 1922.