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This handbook, Cyclers’ and Drivers’ Best Routes in and around Philadelphia: with Maps and Illustrations, was written and illustrated by Frank H. Taylor in 1896.  Yet, the routes described and shown in the illustrations would, in many cases, still apply today.  Many of the landmark buildings in the handbook are lost to history, but the routes are still in use (although invariably wider – and paved!) One of the great things about this handbook is the advertisements.  Who knew there were so many manufacturers of bicycles active in the city of Philadelphia in 1896?  It was already quite the industry!