Lester Cycles and Motorcycles, Lichfield, 1901.

I love this advert sent by ace paper sleuth Pete Cutler. That’s a cracking bike – state of the art. Freewheel, back wheel leather strap hub-brake, achieved by rear pedal-engaged dog mechanism. Brooks saddle and toolbar, no doubt. This clearly wasn’t a bike shop – it was a transport emporium for the new century. How…

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I read the news today, oh boy…

I had a really useful and informative mail the other day from top walker and fellow Panoramio poster Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler. Peter, whose walking exploits are documented extensively in his huge, beautiful gallery, loves local history just like I do and was keen to let me know about a new online newspaper archive site. Hi…

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The name’s Bond…

…War Bond. Reader [Howmuch?] has been ferreting around in his copious stock of interesting newspaper clippings with an eye to the tank testing quandary and found out the promotional advertisement for what was probably the first tank ever to visit Walsall. We’re not sure of the date or the route the machine took, but it…

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