This has been a busy three weeks processing new material from the Stafford Show plus some donations of early trade magazines from a biker friend of mine – thanks Brian!
In fact I’ve managed to process and add another over 700 records. At this stage of the database building project it can take as long to check for duplicate entries as it does to process and upload the images.
The vast majority of the images are sourced from either ‘Motor Cycling’ or ‘The Motor Cycle’ – As you’re aware these were published weekly so for any month there could be up to 8 magazines to sort through.
The Rockers Bike Ads policy is to classify ads by year, so it may be that some advertisers repeated identical adverts across both publications over the course of weeks, months or even years! – Fortunately the motor cycle adverts tended to be refreshed at regular intervals, but many of the regular advertisers like the tyre or fuel companies listed their many racing achievements throughout the year, so there it is!
In fact at each update I try to correct any database record errors and remove any duplicate images I’m aware of.
Some of the more interesting magazines I’ve acquired are these early copies of the Cycle & Motor Cycle Trader. They’re aimed firmly at the trade so bear this in mind when you see the ads.
Sadly there aren`t as many motor cycle adverts as I’d have liked, but anything pre 1910 is more than welcome. Even so there was no shortage of motor cycle parts and accessories adverts from well known and less well known manufacturers.
As so many motor cycle manufacturers can trace their roots back to bicycle manufacturing I thought it worth including some examples from the better known motor cycle manufacturers.
There are more from 1904 – 1909, but take a look at these to be going on with.
So, that’s it for now. At the time of writing I don`t have much new material to process, but I do need to update the website itself which should keep me occupied for a week or two.
Thanks for looking in.