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From: Floyd Crouse
Received: Oct. 14
A recent Republic contains a picture of bicycles in Amsterdam. That brings to mind observing bicyclists in that beautiful city, which I visited several times in the early ’50s while on leave from Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Some couples would ride side by side; the man would have his left hand on his bicycle’s left handle grip and his right hand on the lady’s left handle grip. The lady would have her left hand on his bicycle’s right handle grip and her right hand on her bicycle’s right handle grip.
That seemed like a scary arrangement; I haven’t forgotten it. Evidently it was a way to maintain close contact while not weaving back and forth, because, as The Republic’s picture indicates, there must have been a good amount of bicycle traffic at certain hours of the day.
Something else I observed: A framed picture of Doris Day was in the front windows of many stores in Amsterdam. She is or was a movie star and popular singer at that time.
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