L Stedham, Photographer, Oshawa c1880

A High Wheeler bicycle – Penny Farthing style. Taken by Stedham of Oshawa.

Toronto. On May 28, 2017 PHSC member Sarah Shrigley sent me a note with this bicycle cabinet card attached.

Sarah states, “The Oshawa Museum has published this picture on their Facebook page. I know we have a member who collects these kinds of pictures, so [I] thought you might pass it along. BTW – “L. Stedham” is the photographer.

Member Lorne Shields notes the photo is a “nice Canadian High Wheel Photo”.

The Oshawa Museum stated that it had several examples of Stedham photographs in its archives. This example of a bicycle would be have been taken around 1880. The penny-farthings were introduced in 1870 France and lasted about two decades. The safety bicycle and chain drive replaced these picturesque machines.

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