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.

Date Made: ca 1867

Location: Currently not on view

See more items in: Work and Industry: Transportation, Road, Bicycling, America on the Move, Transportation


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Credit Line: Gift of William R. Beisel

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TR.181311Catalog Number: 181311Accession Number: 186698

Object Name: VelocipedeOther Terms: Velocipede; Road


Record Id: nmah_843027

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