Bicycling Through Time: The Farren Collection

Bicycling Through Time: The Farren Collection

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Paul Farren, By (author) Charlie Farren

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  • Publisher: Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 252 pages
  • Dimensions: 260mm x 260mm x 26mm | 1,540g
  • Publication date: 16 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Mulgrave, Victoria
  • ISBN 10: 1864705191
  • ISBN 13: 9781864705195
  • Illustrations note: 400 Colour
  • Sales rank: 80,623

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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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By Sally Dillon 31 Aug 2013 5

The ultimate book about vintage bicycles. Beautifully photographed bicycles accompanied by quirky anecdotes describing how each machine made it into the Farren collection. Many of the bicycles are matched with vintage photographs of the bicycles in use, a beautiful addition that you don't see in other books. I adored the book...In endnotes the photographer says that photographing the Farren Collection was like speed dating: 'a room full of beauties, but only ten minutes with each one.' If you buy this book you get to take them home and can even admire them in bed!