Saturday, 6 June 2015

Readers' Photos

A great pleasure of writing these articles is that readers frequently send me photographs. For example, Cristiano in Brazil sent me pictures of a Dawes bicycle that has been used by many members of his family over a period of 85 years! Imagine that. I think it is a Dawes 'Popular'.

Gerrit from the Netherlands, who has corresponded before, on a trip to England was thrilled to pick up this 1903 Dursley-Pedersen at a cycling club rally near Chichester.

And Tam from Vietnam, who collects vintage cycles, introduced me to his Caminargent. Tam tells me Caminargent (based in Bordeaux and founded by Pierre Caminade) made about 3500 distinctive aluminium lightweight frames between 1936 and 1951. Caminade used octagonal tubes, connected by elaborate lugs and bolts.
Adriana sent these pictures of one of those railway bicycles you come across from time to time - not always in museums. She says this one was in the Penrith Museum. It was built by the New Howe Company of Glasgow and used in the Dinorwic Quarries from about 1910 until the 1960s.