January 6, 2013

Penny-farthing

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I've heard the term "Penny-farthing", but not until recently did I find out what one was.
A Penny-farthing is the name of a bicycle from the Victorian era, easily recognizable
because the front wheel is very large, and the rear wheel is much smaller.



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In this photo of the British penny and farthing coins,
we can see how the difference in their size inspired the unusual name for this bicycle.
Now, isn't that a fun bit of trivia?



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This was the first machine of its kind to be called a bicycle. Other names it
was referred to are "high wheel",  "high wheeler" or "ordinary" bicycle.


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My interest in the penny-farthing came with this recent necklace
I created for Paisley Beading. You can find them at my shop HERE.

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