Velocipede, 1867

Joseph N. Hazelip of Baltimore, Maryland produced this wooden velocipede around 1867. The velocipede has wooden wheels, forged iron handle bars, and iron wheels. The front wheel is slightly larger than rear wheel, with spool-pedal-equipped cranks attached directly to front axle. This particular velocipede was donated the the Smithsonian in 1894, making it one of the earliest cycles in the collection.
This velocipede was called a Hanlon type, as the Hanlon brothers of New York City patented a number of inventions in the late 1860s that were designed to improve velocipedes.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1867
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Gift of William R. Beisel
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Data Source
National Museum of American History