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Charlie "Mile-a-Minute" Murphy | by Stronglight
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Charlie "Mile-a-Minute" Murphy

See the scan of the Tribune "Blue Streak" comment and image.


This rider gained his popular name after riding 60 mph, paced while drafting behind a steam locomotive with a custom boxed-in rear wind guard, and riding on a specially built section of railroad track.


* I'm not clear about the original source of this image. It may have been an early publicity photo or perhaps even a painting derived from a photo. A friend had scanned his reproduced black and white print of what he had assumed was originally a sepia photo, and then sent this scanned image to me. The grainy background makes me think that it may once have been a painted or hand colored poster or lithograph. In any case, the hazy background looks typical of many early studio photographs in which the subjects were simply posed in front of a screen or sometimes a amidst a more dramatic backdrop to suggest an outdoors scene.

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Taken on March 18, 2008