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Bicycling Through Time : The Farren Collection - Paul Farren

Bicycling Through Time

The Farren Collection

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Paul Farren claims he and his wife Charlie have around 85 percent of the pre-1900 bicycles in Australia - all under one roof in a Melbourne warehouse-cum-museum.

Thirty years of hunting them down and collecting has resulted in one of the most impressive early bike collections in the world.

It includes 160 pre-1900 bicycles, including hobby horses, boneshakers and Penny Farthings, as well as early 20th-century models.

The collection charts the development of the bicycle, which foreshadows the invention of the motor car in many surprising ways.

It also shows wider social change and the role the bicycle has played in female emancipation, war and its progression from plaything of the wealthy to utilitarian mode of transport of the masses.



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A definitive read


from Brisbane, AU

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Perfect For Bike Nuts
  • Well Written


    Best Uses

    • Bike Afficionados
    • Gift
    • Reference

    The Farren book is beautifully presented and beautifully matches period ephemera (advertisements, postcards, photos) with each bike in their collection.

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    ISBN: 9781864705195
    ISBN-10: 1864705191
    Audience: General
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 252
    Published: 28th August 2013
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 26.04 x 26.04  x 2.54
    Weight (kg): 1.53