Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Museum of RetroTechnology

Pneumatic networks, hot-air gramophones, monowheels.   Find it all at this site. 

The Museum of RetroTechnology
This elegant monowheel cycle- the word "bicycle" seems somehow inappropriate, though there are certainly two wheels involved- dates back to 1869. It was built by Rousseau of Marseilles.
"In 1869 the craftsman Rousseau of Marseilles built this monocycle, which perches the cyclist on the inside of a 2 1/2 yards-high wheel. As there is no steering mechanism, it makes uncommon demands on the rider's sense of balance." 

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