From The Archives

How cool is this old bicycle store?

Voss Brothers Bicycle Company
Source: Peoria Historical Society Collection/Bradley University Library

This was the Voss Brothers Bicycle Shop that was located in Peoria. I found this picture in the archives of the CARLI digital online collection through Bradley University. It is being maintained by the Peoria Historical Society and is a treasure trove of awesomeness.

This picture was taken in 1920, and it’s somewhat funny to me, because this is exactly something I want here in Peoria in 2013. It’s simple, well designed, and provides what looks like a great user experience.

One item of note is the banner on the wall to the right. It reads:

Ride A Bicycle For Health & For Economy

Voss Brothers Banner
Source: Peoria Historical Society Collection/Bradley University Library

From zooming in on the banner and looking at an old business directory, it looks like this shop used to be at 419 S. Adams, which today is the CityLink bus depot.

City Link

For anyone looking to do any historical detective work, maybe take a trip down memory lane, or even find out what made Peoria tick years ago, I strongly recommend checking out the Peoria Historical Society and all the good work they are doing to preserve Peoria.

You might want to hit up their Facebook page too since they are always posting great pictures.

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