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August 30, 2017

Penny-Farthing: The Main Vehicle of Men in the Last Half of the 19th Century

The penny-farthing, also known as a high wheel, high wheeler and ordinary, is a type of bicycle with a large front wheel and a much smaller rear wheel. It was popular after the boneshaker until the development of the safety bicycle in the 1880s. It was the first machine to be called a "bicycle".

Although the trend was short-lived, the penny-farthing became a symbol of the late Victorian era. Its popularity also coincided with the birth of cycling as a sport.

These interesting photos that show men with their penny-farthings from the last half of the 19th century.



























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