Lizzie/Annie ~ SteamFolk Mug
Lizzie C. Bourne reached the summit of Mt. Washington on June 20th 1883 by the way of a little known 3-wheel contraption inspired by the Richard Trevithick's "Puffing Devil" to fit the Cog Railway. She enjoyed her mechanical contraptions and she would often dress without her long heavy skirts, petticoats, pantaloons, and stockings when she was out of sight of her protective parents. A hedonist, Lizzie had voluptuary tastes in her active pursuit of every pleasurable experience that life could bring. In a second ascent of Mt. Washington with only a few hundred yards from the summit, Lizzie died from exposure as she was caught in gale force winds in the cold night of 14 September 1885. Her tomb stone in Kennebunk, Maine reads “Here in the twilight cold and gray, Lifeless, but beautiful, she lay, And from the sky serene and far, A voice fell like a falling star,–Excelsior!” Annie “Londonderry” Cohen Kopchovsky was the first woman to ride a bicycle around the world during 1894. Little known is her later attempt to ride the length of the globe from South America to Victoria Island, Canada. Here in 1898, Annie makes her way across the east edge of the Atacama Desert on her Romalea guttata inspired custom tricycle. King Vulture Percival offers little and eats many, while primate Balthazar frequently displays ill temperaments due to the relentless sweltering days. Annie tries to convince herself "I can do anything that any man can do."