Fair officials raved about the Peabody location
with its large populations of Lynn, Salem
and Peabody on one side and the extensive
tracts of farm land to the north and west in
Danvers, Beverly, Topsfield, and beyond.
In the last paragraph of the President’s address
he speaks about the recent developments
in the design of bicycles and that this
might be the way that the city folks would get
to the Fair in the future. This was a time
when cars were coming in and the horse and
carriage was on the way out, and the common
affordable bike was the “straight frame
bicycle” with the old high-wheeler design also
on the way out.