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July 5, 2012

Penny-farthing bicycle

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Penny-farthing bicycle

Columbia Ordinary penny-farthing bicycle made by the Pope Manufacturing Company of Boston, Massachusetts in the 1880s.  The front tire is 52 1/2 inches in diameter; the rear tire is 18 inches in diameter. The bicycle has a black steel frame, a hand-operated spoon brake, rubber hand grips, a leather seat, and straight-spoke wheels. The pedals are adjustable and attach to the front wheel hub.

For details, view the bicycle in our online collections database.

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