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    Gundle UK Carrier/Trade bikes. Rare ephemera seen 1st time on BF!

    Here are some ultra scarce ephemera pics from the UK Gundle trade bicycle company freebie/promotional items given away in the 50s and 60s. Cool stuff proving that some of the small companies here were 'on the ball' even then!


    Showing period catalogue, bridge score card + pencils, handbag mirror and key fob plus NOS decals unobtainable anywhere else. Literally.



    Fancy producing Bridge score cards. With the pencils?



    The hand bag mirror has got be a scarce item!
    Didn't show the other side cos I'm shy!
    The key fob is super rare....
    Offers? Joking....
    PM me.

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    very cool. And the items are in such good condition as well. That was a good find.
    Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live. ~Mark Twain, "Taming the Bicycle"
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    Quote Originally Posted by gnome View Post
    very cool. And the items are in such good condition as well. That was a good find.
    They were given to me by Leonard Gundles surviving daughter.
    She has the last Gundle to roll out of the factory.

    http://flickr.com/groups/leonard_gundle/pool/
    Note the name of the latest pics! (Gnome...)
    I'm elevhem and the Gundle group is there to spread the word.
    It's a great story.
    I bought an old trade bike in bits.
    Thought it was a Gundle, did some research and located Leonard Gundles daughter.
    Met her and got all this info and stuff on Gundle machines.
    Then found that my old machine was not a Gundle after all!
    All good fun though, and it's a story needed telling and preserving I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by viscount View Post
    Note the name of the latest pics! (Gnome...)
    Another one of us. It is just part of the plot for gnomes to take over the world.

    Quote Originally Posted by viscount View Post
    It's a great story.
    I bought an old trade bike in bits.
    Thought it was a Gundle, did some research and located Leonard Gundles daughter.
    Met her and got all this info and stuff on Gundle machines.
    Then found that my old machine was not a Gundle after all!
    All good fun though, and it's a story needed telling and preserving I think.
    It is a great story. Have you found out who made your mystery trade bike yet?
    Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live. ~Mark Twain, "Taming the Bicycle"
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    I haven't traced the maker of it yet!
    Here it is roughly/partly assembled. Just to get an idea what it looked like.
    Been painted since.
    It's the girdered forks that are the puzzle to me.
    They usually extend further up.


    The chain-wheel is a pattern used by Gundle and that was what mislead me at first.
    I have seen all the Gundle catalogues and there are none similar.
    Neither is the carrier pattern the same as any of the Gundles I've seen.




    So it's a bit of a mystery still.
    I'd guess it's early 30s, from one of the many smaller producers.

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    Man, Viscount, you're always finding cool stuff!

    Karl

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    Quote Originally Posted by karmat View Post
    Man, Viscount, you're always finding cool stuff!
    Karl
    Not always!
    On Sunday I won a 1920s Swift loop framed machine on ebay.
    Or thought I did.
    See new thread here
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...10#post6993810

    Feeling a little foolish right now....

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