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Boneshaker Collection

"Boneshaker: A Slow Velocipede with a Dandy Charger on the Streets of History" Step back in time to witness the birth of cycling, where the boneshaker reigned supreme

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Slow Velocipede

Slow Velocipede
A man pushing his boneshaker velocipede bicycle in Holborn, central London, through a heavy traffic jam! Date: early 1930s

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Mr Punch riding a Boneshaker bicycle

Mr Punch riding a Boneshaker bicycle
5616680 Mr Punch riding a Boneshaker bicycle; (add.info.: Mr Punch riding a Boneshaker bicycle. Punch illustration 1869. 01/01/1869); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Mr Punch riding a Boneshaker bicycle

Mr Punch riding a Boneshaker bicycle
5616677 Mr Punch riding a Boneshaker bicycle; (add.info.: Mr Punch riding a Boneshaker bicycle. Punch illustration 1869. 01/01/1869); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: The Boneshaker, the type of pedal-driven bicycle popular c1870. Wood engraving c1880

The Boneshaker, the type of pedal-driven bicycle popular c1870. Wood engraving c1880
530691 The Boneshaker, the type of pedal-driven bicycle popular c1870. Wood engraving c1880.; Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Pedestrian Hobbyhorse, from Ackermanns Repository of Arts, 1819 (colour litho)

Pedestrian Hobbyhorse, from Ackermanns Repository of Arts, 1819 (colour litho)
STC101841 Pedestrian Hobbyhorse, from Ackermanns Repository of Arts, 1819 (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: The beginnings of war machines, military bicycles, forerunners of the modern military bicycle

The beginnings of war machines, military bicycles, forerunners of the modern military bicycle
973555 The beginnings of war machines, military bicycles, forerunners of the modern military bicycle, continuous evolutionary stages (litho) by English School

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: The Dandy Charger - man on a boneshaker bicycle

The Dandy Charger - man on a boneshaker bicycle. early 19th century

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Cycling 1839-1939 back cover, 1939

Cycling 1839-1939 back cover, 1939. From Cycling 1839-1939. [John Player & Sons, London, 1939]

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Invincible Tandem Tricycle, 1939

Invincible Tandem Tricycle, 1939. From Cycling 1839-1939. [John Player & Sons, London, 1939]

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Olympia Tandem Tricycle, 1939

Olympia Tandem Tricycle, 1939. From Cycling 1839-1939. [John Player & Sons, London, 1939]

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Rover Safety Bicycle, 1939

Rover Safety Bicycle, 1939. From Cycling 1839-1939. [John Player & Sons, London, 1939]

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Rucker Tandem Bicycle, 1939

Rucker Tandem Bicycle, 1939. From Cycling 1839-1939. [John Player & Sons, London, 1939]

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Invincible Bicycle, 1939

Invincible Bicycle, 1939. From Cycling 1839-1939. [John Player & Sons, London, 1939]

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Post Office Centre-Cycles, 1939

Post Office Centre-Cycles, 1939. From Cycling 1839-1939. [John Player & Sons, London, 1939]

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Sociable Tricycle, 1939

Sociable Tricycle, 1939. From Cycling 1839-1939. [John Player & Sons, London, 1939]

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Salvo Tricycle, 1939

Salvo Tricycle, 1939. From Cycling 1839-1939. [John Player & Sons, London, 1939]

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Lawsons Bicyclette, 1939

Lawsons Bicyclette, 1939. From Cycling 1839-1939. [John Player & Sons, London, 1939]

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Singer Tricycle, 1939

Singer Tricycle, 1939. From Cycling 1839-1939. [John Player & Sons, London, 1939]

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Michaux Velocipede, 1865, (1939)

Michaux Velocipede, 1865, (1939). From Cycling 1839-1939. [John Player & Sons, London, 1939]

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Coventry Rotary Tricycle, 1939

Coventry Rotary Tricycle, 1939. From Cycling 1839-1939. [John Player & Sons, London, 1939]

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Sawyers Velocipede, 1939

Sawyers Velocipede, 1939. From Cycling 1839-1939. [John Player & Sons, London, 1939]

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Macmillans Lever-Driven Bicycle, 1839, (1939)

Macmillans Lever-Driven Bicycle, 1839, (1939). From Cycling 1839-1939. [John Player & Sons, London, 1939]

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Ladys Pedestrian Hobby-Horse, 1819, (1939)

Ladys Pedestrian Hobby-Horse, 1819, (1939). From Cycling 1839-1939. [John Player & Sons, London, 1939]

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Early forms of cycles, 19th or 20th century

Early forms of cycles, 19th or 20th century. Primitive bicycles; the Dandy Horse ; Gompertzs velocipede; the Dublin velocipede; the Bone Shaker

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Six early forms of bicycle, c1870

Six early forms of bicycle, c1870. 19th century hobby horses, fore-runners of the bicycles, including the Dandy Horse, Gompertzs velocipede, the Dublin velocipede and the Bone-Shaker

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Boneshaker bicycle, c1870

Boneshaker bicycle, c1870. The boneshaker was a type of pedal-driven bicycle popular around 1870. The design was essentially a modification of the earlier hobby horse bicycle

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Silhouettes for classroom decoration by H. L. Oakley

Silhouettes for classroom decoration by H. L. Oakley
Silhouettes for classroom decoration by H.L. Oakley, in The Teachers World, 2 September 1927. The subjects illustrated are Literature, History and Geography. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Repeating Pattern - Bicycles

Repeating Pattern - Bicycles. *PLEASE NOTE that the magnifying glass is solely to show the detail of the repeating pattern and will not feature on the final file.*

Background imageBoneshaker Collection: Various forms of early bicycle including the Drasien, Gompertzs Velocipede, a Dandy Horse

Various forms of early bicycle including the Drasien, Gompertzs Velocipede, a Dandy Horse and a and Boneshaker. From The National Encyclopaedia, London, 1880


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"Boneshaker: A Slow Velocipede with a Dandy Charger on the Streets of History" Step back in time to witness the birth of cycling, where the boneshaker reigned supreme. This archaic contraption, also known as a slow velocipede, was no ordinary bicycle. With its rugged iron frame and wooden wheels, it offered a bumpy ride that earned it the notorious nickname "boneshaker. " In an era when horse-drawn carriages dominated the roads, brave souls took to these primitive two-wheelers for adventure and leisure. Picture a dapper gentleman atop his boneshaker bicycle, known as The Dandy Charger - a true symbol of style and audacity. But even before the boneshakers came into existence, there were their predecessors – like the Pedestrian Hobbyhorse showcased in Ackermanns Repository of Arts in 1819. These early prototypes paved the way for continuous evolutionary stages towards military bicycles – war machines that would eventually shape modern military transportation. As we delve deeper into history's cycling timeline from 1839 to 1939, we encounter fascinating innovations such as Invincible Tandem Tricycles and Olympia Tandem Tricycles from 1939 – marvels that allowed couples or friends to embark on thrilling rides together. The Rover Safety Bicycle stands out among its peers with its revolutionary design in 1939. Its sturdy construction provided stability and safety while riding through bustling city streets or serene countryside paths. For those seeking speed and excitement, Rucker Tandem Bicycles became synonymous with adrenaline-fueled adventures during this period. Meanwhile, Post Office Centre-Cycles served as reliable workhorses for mail delivery services across towns and cities. Finally, let us not forget about Sociable Tricycles – companionship vehicles designed for socializing while enjoying breezy rides along scenic routes.