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Photography: Trevor Hughes' collection of photos of bike messengers in the 90s

Posted by James Cartwright,

Before there were cycling cafes, before fixed gear bikes became the trademark of hipsters, before the word hipster even existed (just imagine it!) being a cycle courier was just another way of making a living, and not some kind of misguided fashion statement. Don’t believe me? Check out these photos of cycle couriers in Toronto that were taken over 20 years ago. Look at them all, relaxing for lunches in summery parks and hammering it across town in the bitter snow. Looks like fun right? And it makes us nostalgic for something we’ve never, ever experienced. Thank you Trevor Hughes for sharing these gems.

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Posted by James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our two editors. He oversees Printed Pages magazine and content wise has a special interest in graphic design and illustration. He also runs our online shop Company of Parrots and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.

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