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The Metropolitan Machinists’ Company

January 17, 2022
by the gentle author

Since the first lockdown I have eschewed public transport and become a committed cyclist, so I was delighted to discover 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. Christina Gregoriou permalink
    January 17, 2022

    These are such fantastic drawings/illustrations. They would make lovely posters.

  2. Kenneth Sherwood permalink
    January 17, 2022

    What a joy to read. Some names remain familiar today, many have faded away. So many of the accessories are needed today. Lovely detailed illustrations from a time before printing photos was the solution to display a product

  3. Helen Breen permalink
    January 17, 2022

    Greetings from Boston,

    GA, wow, what an interesting array of cycling apparatus from the turn of the century. I particularly liked the assortment of horns and bells, the variety of lamps, the capes, and cycling waterproof gaiters. Who knew?

    Beautiful drawings too.

  4. January 17, 2022

    Amusing to see this, as I have just been rereading Arthur Ransome’s “The Big Six”, in which an inflator is an invaluable clue to solving a mystery!

  5. Gail FARROW permalink
    January 17, 2022

    Thanks very much for this article. Absolutely love those graphics …… how wonderful cycling must have been back then!

  6. Richard permalink
    January 18, 2022

    I like the cyclist wallet in tweed, and the rifle clip.

  7. Sue permalink
    January 18, 2022

    Wonderful but if only more cyclists would use the Harrison’s Thrilling Alarm! I’m fed up of silent cyclists coming up behind me as I walk my local pavement-less country lanes.

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