"Penny-farthing for your Thoughts"

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Old Timey Bikes.

If you didn't know, those crazy old-timey bikes with one big wheel and one small wheel are called Penny-farthings, or sometimes high-wheels, or high-wheelers. The interesting part is the story behind the name Penny-farthing. It comes from the British penny and farthing coins. The penny was larger than the farthing in diameter and if you laid them side-by-side on a table it would slightly resemble the wheels of the Penny-farthing bicycle.

You can see this here:

And you can bet your bottom dollar that this dapper chap probably has pinched his fair share of pennies and farthings. In fact, he probably has a collection of them. And stamps. And butterflies.