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When road hogs carried whips and the imagined punishment was time on the road-gang

Road Hog as have met him 1889

The cartoonist in the League of American Wheelman’s weekly magazine didn’t pull any punches, in 1889, when he imagined the punishment that ought be meted out to those horse-and-carriage drivers who were less than kind to cyclists. They should be slapped into leg-irons and forced to smash rocks all day long. In many US States roads were constructed with convict labour, the so-called ‘road gangs.’ So, this particular punishment was a win/win for the cartoonist: the road hog would be off the road and making highways harder and smoother for the cyclist.

Road Hog as we hope to meet him 1889

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