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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Transportation ➔ Bicycle, Hi Wheel Model

Identifier:
130408
Description:

The penny-farthing, also known as a high wheel, high wheeler and ordinary, was the first machine to be called a "bicycle". It was popular in the 1870s and 1880s, with its large front wheel providing high speeds (large distance for every rotation of the legs) and comfort (shock absorption through the wheel). It became obsolete from the late 1880s with the development of the modern bicycle, which provided similar speed amplification via chain-driven gear trains and comfort through pneumatic tires, and were marketed in comparison to penny-farthings as "safety bicycles" due to the reduced danger of falling from height.

Date:
circa 1870 – 1880
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of Bettes, George W.;Bettes, Greta D.
Exhibit/Program
100 Years of Design (June 8 2016)
Museum School students selected artifacts from the collection, researched them, and then designed what they believe they will look like 100 years from now.
Makers/Donors
George W. Bettes

Greta D. Bettes