In mid-18th century England, the name sulky was applied to any single passenger vehicle. Hitched to a fine steed, the high wheel racy sulkies were an extremely light and speedy mode of transportation.

They saw use on racing tracks and on public roads during informal contests between proud horse owners. The sulky was immortalized by Currier and Ives lithographs showing well-known racehorses of the day.

Accession no. 1983G37

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