Thursday, July 30, 2015

Penny Farthing Bicycle

Penny Farthing High-wheeler bicycle

Mom and I had an antique shop when I was young. We'd go to auctions to buy some of our inventory, and I'd often see a Penny Farthing bicycle sitting in the rafters of the auction house, waiting to come down to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Those days, they weren't so rare as today, and you could buy your own for a couple hundred dollars. Now, if you find one of them out in the country auctions, they tend to be in poor condition - ratty seats and unusable tires, and you'd pay 10 times the price.

The penny farthing bicycle, also called a high-wheeler, was a common fashion symbol for highbrow Victorian ladies and gentlemen who loved to show off the new rage in sports gear.

This image of a penny farthing shows the huge front tire and tiny back tire - a dangerous sport that eventually led to its demise.

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