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Child's tricycle, 1876

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Child's tricycle, 1876
Negative #: 5400-A


This object appears in the following sections:

Smithsonian Bicycle Collection — The collection, about 1875-1881

Unzicker Tricycle model

Child's tricycle
Catalog #: 309,803, Accession #: 109,223
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
This child's tricycle was donated to the Smithsonian in 1930. George W. Marble, of Chicago, Illinois, was issued patent 171,623 on 28 December, 1875 to for an "improvement in velocipedes." One half of his right was assigned to Adolph Shoeninger, also of Chicago. This small tricycle, constructed principally of wood, bears the above patent date, and is similar to the drawing accompanying the patent application.
Physical Description

Artifact. This tricycle has two wooden bars form the sloping frame, and two others form the fork which pivots at the front of the frame. Metal fittings at each end of each rod serve as pivots for the fork, and as bearings for the wheels. Straight wooden handlebars and a cast-iron saddle are provided. The hubs, spokes, and felloes of the three wheels are of wood. The tires are thin metal rims. The diameter of the front wheel is 24 inches, that of the rear wheels, 20 inches. Spool-shaped wooden pedals are attached to the crank arms of the front wheel. The distance between the two rear wheels is 11 inches, making it an inherently unstable vehicle.

Date Made:
Gift of Mrs. Harold Allen

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