Saturday, June 6, 2015

Wartime Cycling Book of Maintenance

This book has no publication date shown, but it clearly comes from the later stages of the Second World War, when victory was considered to be just a matter of time. This front cover superbly represents that sense of hope and deliverance, with a huge sun shining over the peaceful, typically English countryside, and perhaps the book itself would not have been published if there had not been such confidence.
Inside the book, the most interesting pages are the advertisements. You can see the effects of wartime shortages, but also the survival of a cycle-building industry that has now virtually disappeared. I'll post selected images over the next few weeks.

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