This week’s prompt inspired me to look for images of strange inventions. I happen to be rewind a book called TheWonderful Future that Never Was, which is full of cool, quirky devices. (I’ll review that book, when I finish it.)
These wacky inventions do have purpose and whimsy, but when they were first made, I assume the inventor was serious.
Source: Nationaal Archief at the Hague
Popular Science Monthly (via Internet Archive)
I guess roller blades won out.
Radio hat, Nationaal Archief
Rubber Boat Boots from National Archief
I think bicycles are one of the most pleasant forms of transportation and exercise.
Illustration from “Wheels and Cycling,” 1888
I like the illustration above as a work of art.
Palace Emporium, New South Wales, 1899
William Wheatley Collection, n.d.
Motobike that turns into a motosled! 1902
My favorite that I found on Flickr Commons is this bike that you can turn into a sled. Talk about ingenuity.
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