I seem to remember staral rims at that time. They had a high-polish stay brite finish and looked far superior to weinemans. I also recall staral rims not being welded and when unlaced sorta opened up and looked as tho' they were coming apart. This was in fact the design - the tension brought the 2 ends together on a kinda railed slider. You might find this when you disassemble the wheel.
(Probably made a hash of explaining it, but best I can do)
A bicycle can't stand up on its own as it's two tyred