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Farm gothic?

Antique tricycle, new seat

All sorts of old things are being unearthed as the entire farm gets a thorough, top-to-bottom, no-drawer-unpulled going through, something that probably hasn’t been done in a century. There are all kinds of finds, like horse-drawn plows and a farm-built chicken defeathering machine. Today’s most intriguing item for me: an old, iron tricycle (with an upgrade, a much newer seat). No-one here is sure, but the guess is that it’s gotta be a good hundred years old. Except for the plastic seat, which looks more like the last 30-50 years. It’s cool because the design and construction are soothingly simple (and easily fixable), although it looks like it delivers a bumpy ride on those solid rubber tires, especially on gravel in the barnyard. For some reason, though, I also find it mildly creepy… Imagining the squeakily-pedaling ghosts of farm children past, I guess. Yikes… :)



  1. You’re really lucky with the stuff you find. I dig up lots of old stuff, but seldom anything so interesting and useful as tricycles or ploughs. The best I’ve found to date was the front-bumper off a 1950’s-era car (don’t know where the remainder of the car went, though — perhaps thankfully!) and most of an iron bedstead, though in very poor condition.

    The best to date was an old, and very large, axe-head. It’s great finding these connections to the people who occupied our farms before us. Please keep us posted on your finds!

  2. Ohhh that is so cool!  I love old things!  Our farm was nothing but a cow pasture before we got here so all I find is cow bones and petrified cow poo!  Please let us know what other treasure you find!

  3. SO COOL!  If the trike should ever want for a good home, I’d love to buy it.  It would be right at home in my foyer next to the much less cool one I found on my street corner a while back:

    I’ve been enjoying your blog for quite a while now…almost a full season I think.  I’m insane with jealousy over your ability to extend your CSA season so far into the fall.  I was actually just thinking today
    (while I prepped the very last of my last CSA share root veggies and other assorted Thanksgiving stuff) that I need to send your link to my farmer as a little hint :)

  4. Isn’t that lovely! Artifacts from old homesteads are favorite objects of mine; such tangible feel for the people who came before. I have an ancient wheelchair that, also creeps me out, but is so unique.

  5. Scott

    Isn’t this the tricycle from saw?  Creepy :)

  6. jane

    It makes me think of The Shining movie, awesome find.  I just wouldn’t want to see anything funny sitting on it near the twilight hour.

  7. lori

    cool but im wondering how much its worth?

  8. Kids Tricycle

    It’s relay nice old Kids Tricycle.Kids Tricycle look like a antique piece. It’s comfortable for kids.

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