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Women Rule the Waves
Women Rule the Waves

Women Rule the Waves 1929

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Women Rule the Waves 1929

3 mins United Kingdom

Who says bikes can't swim? Intrepid 22-year-old Aimee Pfanner was a cross-channel sensation in 1929, valiantly pedalling her way from Calais to Dover on a 'hydro-cycle' - something like a bicycle affixed to water skis - in just nine and a half hours. This is production material for a newsreel story, and though we don't have the finished version, what survives thrillingly conveys her daring feat.

Genres

Non-Fiction

Tags

Water Water vehicles English Channel, The Bicycles

Collection

Pedal Power

Released

1929

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

Gaumont Graphic

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