We've had an unusually warm winter (except we currently have a few inches of snow on the ground) and this picture was taken at the beginning of February on a warm day. My son and I went to Walmart and outside we noticed this Penny Farthing bicycle. Of course, mom had to take a picture and you can see from the expression on my son's face that he had an "oh, mom...do you have to?" moment. We've seen a man riding this type of bicycle in the area but it's usually in the spring or summer, not in winter. The owner must be tall as I can't imagine climbing up onto this bicycle without a stepstool! You can read more about the Penny Farthing bicycle on wikipedia, here.
Penny-farthing, high wheel, high wheeler, and ordinary are all terms used to describe a type of bicycle with a large front wheel and a much smaller rear wheel that was popular after the boneshaker, until the development of the safety bicycle, in the 1880s. They were the first machines to be called "bicycles"
Old British Penny and Farthing (quarter penny) coins which inspired the name of the Penny-Farthing bicycle
Penny-farthings are still ridden today, if only for the novelty value
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