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H. W. Libbey

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1895. Libbey's Electric Bicycle.

H. W. Libbey of Boston, Mass., was an inventor of the electric bicycle - Patent No. 547, 441 of the United States Patent Office. The application was filed October 9th, 1894.

The claim was for the combination of an electric battery and a motor secured by suitable means to a bicycle frame, and a longitudinal tube extending from the front to the rear fork, and forming a tank to hold exiting fluid for the battery. The bicycle portion of the contrivance, however, was perfectly impracticable.[1]

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