Friday, October 8, 2010

Cats on Penny Farthings

This is an old advertising card from J & P Coats. They made (and still do!) yarn, thread, and other sewing material. In fact, they are the world's largest sewing thread and needlecraft supplies manufacturer and distributor.

The cats are riding penny farthings, the name for the big-wheeled bicycles that were popular in the 1870s and 1880s. Incidentally, the name penny farthing comes from the British coins, which had a similar difference in size to the bicycle wheels.

Here's the back of the advertising card:


  1. I don't think I would like a group of cats hurtling towards me on bikes, meow. Love the card though.
    I have more than a few Coats' bobbins.

  2. What a fantasic postcard. Never seen anything quite like it.

  3. I didn't know what a penny farthing is. Thanks for explaining! That card is too cute:)



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