The “Armanhippo” (1850)


We are indebted to Mr. Price of the Strand for the invention of this machine; — although it does not exactly depict its internal arrangements, satisfactorily enough displays its modus operandi, and also sets forth the elegance and lightness of its construction, together with the comfortable nature of the accommodation it offers to its rider; either in the capacity of a traveller, or as a mere exercise-taker. Indeed the Armanhippo, as at present perfected by Mr. Price, may be truly described as embracing all that can possibly be desired or sought for in a machine of the kind. The exertion required for propelling it in nowise excels, if indeed it equals that consequent upon the exercise of gentle walking;—to a somewhat invalided or convalescent person, it would in fact prove invaluable as a wholesome and entirely safe auxiliary to the due promotion of the blood’s circulation, the fitting and equable exercise of the limbs, and finally, to the recovery of perfect health. Propelled even, by one of the class to whom we have just alluded, the vehicle will readily attain a speed of from eight to ten miles an hour, and so constructed withal, as to be guided, directed or stopped—at an increased or diminished rate of travelling—with the utmost ease and readiness; the rider having the power of ascending and descending hills at a speed quite under his own control. High praise undoubtedly must be awarded to Mr. Price for the present very valuable invention; the more so too, from his having so successfully surmounted the many obstacles and difficulties that hitherto, have so beset the path, and eventually forbid the further progress of those individuals— ranking highly in the scientific world— who had striven to complete a machine based upon the same broad and general principles. To gentlemen owning Country-houses and Estates, these vehicles would prove of great value, inasmuch as they might journey from farm to farm, and throughout their own grounds both conveniently and pleasantly. Indeed we see no reason why they should not be employed for the purposes of recreation and exercise in our own London Parks.

(Magazine of science, Volume 12, 1850, pp. 75-6)


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