Garbage removal company rolls out with hot wheels, found in Brooklyn junk removal job
I mean that literally. When I found this steel-spoked wagon wheel in a rubbish removal job, I rolled it out of the Brooklyn backyard, and I felt very stylish doing it.
It’s a wheel that could have been used to pull a cart, or horse and carriage, back in the 20th century. I found it in a Brooklyn garbage / junk removal job sometime last year.
If you look closely, you’ll notice that one of the spokes has almost completely rusted. Makes sense, considering it was sitting in the same spot in someone’s backyard for years, I’m guessing.
Although the spoked wheel was invented during the Middle Bronze age (2200-1550 BC), it wasn’t really used until well into the 20th century. Most likely, people would have preferred to use wheels for transportation and carrying goods from town to town, but the roads were not smooth enough to do so. Once the roads became more developed and there wasn’t rocky gravel everywhere, the wheel was used much more frequently.
Complete with a hole for the axle, earlier wheels were made of wood. They had a simple design, but they got the job done. To date, the oldest wheel that has been found was discovered at the Ljubljana Marshes, not far from the capital of Slovenia. Apparently, it could be 5,100 to 5,350 years old.
In a perfect world, I’d find a second wagon wheel to go along with this one. Maybe one day, I’ll even find a carriage to go along with them. If you hear of anything, or know where I could find these items, you know where I blog.