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This velocipede, a sleek, mid-19th century ancestor of the bicycle, known as a "boneshaker" for its rough ride, sits alongside an unseen antique fire truck in an open shed. The name velocipede comes from the Latin for "fast foot" and was coined in 1818 by a Frenchman, Nicephore Niepce in 1818, although it took almost 40 years for the term to enter into the generic vocabulary. This particular velocipede was likely used by the fire company as a messenger vehicle to spread fire alarms and fetch help. It must have taken some time to learn how to balance on one of these in order to be a proficient rider. This sepia photograph was shot in Mystic, Connecticut in August 2009.
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