1865, penny-farthing, Michaudine

1865, penny-farthing, Michaudine, France.

According to reports, the pedal application on the Draisine and the improvements that will turn it into the “Michaudine“, was made by a technician called Lallement, collaborator of Michaux, to whom the Michaux family (that patented the idea) didn’t show the right gratitude. We have to remember that the Michaux family already had an organized company and potential customers for their new vehicle. Lallement was just a technician  that surely lacked money to invest on the idea. On the other hand the Germans realized that the compatriot Fischer (skilled repairman of musical instruments) actually had the moral authorship of the invention, applied 13 years before the Michaux patent.

Technical notes:

  • Wooden frame
  • Iron fork and footrests
  • Wooden pedals
  • Wooden seat
  • Lantern

 

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