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The Metropolitan Machinists’ Co

March 15, 2019
by the gentle author

The plethora of bicycle shops around Spitalfields today is not a new phenomenon as confirmed by this 1896 catalogue for The Metropolitan Machinists’ Co, yet another of the lost trades of Bishopsgate, reproduced courtesy of the Bishopsgate Institute

Images courtesy Bishopsgate Institute

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  1. Helen Breen permalink
    March 15, 2019

    Greetings from Boston,

    GA, who knew there were so many gizmos and accoutrements available for early cyclists? It must have been a rich folk’s sport in the early days. Very interesting…

  2. Richard permalink
    March 15, 2019

    People talk about too much choice these days, but what about thirteen cycle bells!

  3. Jill Wilson permalink
    March 15, 2019

    Wonderful images of all the cycling gadgets! One wonders who actually sat and drew all the engravings which are works of art in themselves – especially the really complicated ones like the bicycle lamps.

  4. Ian Silverton permalink
    March 15, 2019

    Great read GA, have bought most, on display here in my time, as a boy, as a Teen, until the lambretta scooter came along, then it all changed, parkers and girls

  5. Ros permalink
    March 15, 2019

    the cyclist’s wallet in check tweed is very stylish. But what, one wonders, are the punishments/faults that may be visited on votaries who abuse their dedication to the sport? The imagination boggles!

  6. Ian Silverton permalink
    March 15, 2019

    Bishopsgate High Street, also had another little Jem back in the 1950s A music shop, where we budding musicians bought our music from, also sold everything you needed too form a Band, or Pop group, anybody remember it, or its trading name? It was opisite the modern day,for then, Dentists called Doms, Australian Guy, with best looking dental nurses, around, made a nightmare visit pleasant.

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