British Lorries, 1900-1945 (C. F. Charles Frederick Klapper)

British Lorries, 1900-1945 (C. F. [Charles Frederick] Klapper) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Transport Automotive section. priced at £6.50! Call in and get 40% OFF that price when you mention this post…

Shepperton: Ian Allan Ltd, 1977, Hardback in dust wrapper.

3rd impression. [First Edition: 1973] Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: When one sees the large juggernauts of to-day carrying loads of 32 tons at 60 mph and more on the motorways of the UK, it is difficult to realise that less than 50 years ago the horsedrawn cart was still very much in evidence, and that the commercial vehicles of that time were slow, noisy, ran on solid tyres, and rarely carried more than six tons. The steam-driven road vehicle, familiar then, is now just a memory.

This pictorial history traces the development of the commercial vehicle over the years from 1900 to 1945, the period when such significant progress was made. The book deals with the subject under the various manufacturers, many of whom failed to survive their various economic crises and who literally fell by the wayside, while others merged with larger makers to lose their identity. Such names as Bean, Gilford, Pagefield, Peerless and Star, among many others, will evoke nostalgic memories among older readers.

Many of the illustrations in this volume are unique, coming from the files of Modern Transport, and some are thought to be the only prints left. Others were destroyed during the war, while some photographs have not hitherto been published. Superb paintings by Clifford and Wendy Meadway depict liveries used by some of the larger operators of yore.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little age-toned

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 159 pages. 9½” x 7¼”.

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