Spotted: Penny farthing races at Morrow Park in Peterborough c. 1885


Spotted: Penny farthing bicycle races circa late 1800s/early 1900s captured in a photo in the Peterborough Museum and Archives.

What:  A photo reproduction on the wall at the Peterborough Museum and Archives display, possibly from 1885.

Where were the races held: Morrow Park adjacent to the Memorial Centre, where the Peterborough Pete's play.

When: The photo, likely from Peterborough's Roy Studio, is estimated to be taken some time between 1885 and 1905. The penny farthing races were reported on in the Peterborough Review.

Why we think it's dandy: Bicycle tourism  is seeing a resurgence in popularity in the Peterborough region . It's great to see that the bicycle has always been part of the recreational culture in Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

We  think this deserves further investigation, and so after doing more research we will report back on the historic bicycle archives and artifacts in Peterborough today. We will try to get a copy of the original photo too!

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