Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Penny Farthing

Every Wednesday for almost a year and half I've been posting photographs of weathervanes located in or near the Nutfield area (the former name for the land where Londonderry, Derry and Windham, New Hampshire are now located).  Most are historically interesting or just whimsical and fun weathervanes.  Have fun guessing where you may have seen this weather vane.

Do you know the location of weather vane #72?  Scroll down to see the answer.

Thanks to a sharp eyed reader of my blog who sent me a message, I found this weather vane in South Londonderry on a private residence.  A new owner had just removed over thirty trees from this property, so the previously hidden weather vane is now visible to passers-by.  It is a great weather vane representing an old type of bicycle known as a "Penny Farthing".  I've always been fascinated by these types of bicycles since I was a little girl and I saw the Mexican actor Cantinflas ride one in the opening scenes of the 1956 movie Around the World in Eighty Days.  It is called a "Penny Farthing" because the old style British coins were a very large copper penny (the front wheel) and a very small copper farthing (the small wheel).   A farthing was worth one quarter penny.

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Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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