history

I need to know the history of unicycling for a new show that I am writing.

Apart from the bit that most of us know about the unicycle being developed from
guys doing endos on their ordinaries (penny farthings), does anyone have any
more accurate info regarding dates, places, people etc.?

Web addresses will be most helpful here.

Wayne van Wijk wayne@jester.com.au


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RE: history

> Apart from the bit that most of us know about the unicycle being developed
> from guys doing endos on their ordinaries (penny farthings), does anyone have
> any more accurate info regarding dates, places, people etc.?
>
> Web addresses will be most helpful here.

I’m sorry, none of the people from that era have Web addresses. :slight_smile:

There was much contention over who “invented” the unicycle. Though there are
reports dating back to 1870 or so, there were claimants in the entertainment
industry all the way up to the turn of the century.

I’m not aware of any “hard evidence” of who did it first. Jack Wiley’s books
list several of the early riders, but I think in there he also concludes that
there is not a clear picture of who really did it first. Even if one guy did it
first and didn’t spread it, somebody else who promoted or helped people learn
might deserve more credit.

I’m hoping someday someone will dig into history and try to get us some
definitive answers on this topic. People who are into the areas of bicycling
history and vaudeville would probably be best equipped.

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