Yeah I thought the re-enactment club looked like a good laugh.
There's a chap not far from here that rides a penny farthing in traffic. I've seen him riding up Gosforth High Street amidst busses and city traffic. To be absolutely straight, I think it's a sort of three quarter prenny farthing, but it's pretty tall. I've seen him twice in the flesh and once on TV. He rides it with complete confidence - or seems to - I can't say how he feels up there, but he looks happy enough.
When I was a student living in Twickenham around 1972, I borrowed an ancient black bike from my elderly, rather rich landlady. It had rod brakes, a big sprung seat, and a decidedly odd geometry. I used to ride it to visit my girlfriend in Putney through Twickenham and Richmond Park, about five miles. It was ok once you got used to it. I bet it was built around 1920 - that's just a guess, but it was a bit like this one: