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    1948 Evelyn Hamilton

    This photo appears to indicate that she was in London to have this photo taken in August 1942. The stamp on the back seems to be a studio stamp of a photographer in the Strand
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    1948 Evelyn Hamilton

    The men in the earlier photo look like Free French to me. Even the way they wear those berets seems to indicate this. plus the location. I agree that the 2 women in the photo do not look like her. The photo of EH sporting a Red Cross outfit and cap gives credence to her being a nurse. Her claim...
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    1948 Evelyn Hamilton

    They appear to be wearing the uniforms of the Free French Forces. The woman at front left could be EH I suppose but the one on the steps looks nothing like her to my eyes. Given her accounts, I cannot see why she would have been a member of the Free French Forces though - but I am no expert in...
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    1948 Evelyn Hamilton

    Thanks Michael Makes really interesting reading. My frame carries numbers on the bottom bracket and forks : 444 and on the bottom bracket only : 626. I am reasonably certain that it dates from late 1949 / early 1950 based on the components that I think were original to it. It had already been...
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    LEACH MARATHON

    Just picked up the thread again. It is a very long time since I was in Stratford. The Leach is still in the queue awaiting re finishing although I have most of the parts i neded to complete it. I have also acquired another one from about 1960 - this time with Nervex pro lugs and it sports some...
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    1948 Evelyn Hamilton

    Good Evening I also have one of her frames from ca 1949. We have no clear idea of who actually made the frames that she sold. I have been able to re create the original down tube decal that was in use at the time and I also have a number of advertisements from the time of her 1952 epic ride and...
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    Helyett speciale

    More on Helyett : I have only recently learned that Helyett Cycles are being manufactured (albeit as limited editions) again in France. There is plenty of information on line about this. This was partly to commemorate 100 years since the formation of Helyett in 1919. The limited edition bike on...
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    Holdsworth Top Tube Decals

    Attention all Holdsworth owners ! I am trying to find images of the correct top tube decals that Holdsworth used before about 1955. Those that are commercially available may not be correct for this period. I have 2 projects in hand for 1954 Holdsworth frames. The correct decal for 'Zephyr' is...
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    LEACH MARATHON

    Interesting reading this. I may mount a set of the decals (and obtain the others that I can get) and let the Tony Bush at the VCC have them. That way there will be an accurate record for future reference. I suppose that the shop is under the tarmac now as part of the one way system that goes...
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    LEACH MARATHON

    Forgot to ask. Which Ray ? - Ray Etherton ?
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    LEACH MARATHON

    No - another contact of mine has a pile of the decals - plus some others that are of a different style. I think that Bates acquired them when Bill Leach packed up - and he got them from Bates (not certain of this though) I bought 2 sets. Never applied varnish fix though - so I will probably mess...
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    Helyett speciale

    I understand that the Nervex lugs used on the 'Speciale' frames were special supply and not used elsewhere. I am reasonably sure that Helyett disappeared when Gitane bought them. Anquetil won the TDF 3 times on a Speciale and twice on a Gitane (I think ?)
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    Claud Butler frame number identification

    Pics of frame 2533 - now re finished with correct decals. It would never have looked like this originally though ! I don't think that I have ever seen a frame from this period in silver with gold lug lining but I rather like the simplicity of it.
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    Claud Butler frame number identification

    Must be getting old ! Completely forgot about this one ! I also have a 1951 CB Massed Start frame (Number 518 4083). This was easily identified as it has the small hardened steel cable wheel above the bottom bracket and screw holes in the down tube to enable attachment of Terry type pump clips...
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    Claud Butler frame number identification

    Thought I might post a couple of pix - before and after of the 48 International Club. It still had some original bits on it : A nice Reynolds stem, Williams chainset (date code 1948), Brampton headset and bottom bracket that I feel sure are original. Ther brakes were Radnall's steel type and...
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