Farthing - Bicycle symbol used on the espionage fantasy THE
PRISONER/CBS/1968-69. The Penny Farthing Bicycle is the symbol used by the
administrators of the Village, a seaside resort that doubled as a prison for
people who were perceived as security threats to the Western world. The symbol
could be seen on buttons worn by its residents and on the buildings they
Patrick McGoohan, the series creator and star revealed in an interview (New Video Magazine,
1985) the bicycle's significance, "...Progress! Its'
an ironic symbol of progress. The penny farthing bicycle represents a simpler
age. We live in an era where science is advancing so quickly, you don't even
have time to learn about the latest innovations before something new arises."
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