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photoblog image A busy day in Crich

A busy day in Crich



Cars parked at the curbs, jeeps in the street, spivs and wide boys touting their wares, soldiers and their ladies strolling in the sun, it was a busy day in 1940s Crich last Sunday.

The motor cycle on the front of Screamin Eagle is the Welbike, designed by Station IX— the "Inter Services Research Bureau" — based at Welwyn in the UK, for use by Special Operations Executive. It has the distinction of being the smallest motorcycle ever used by the British Armed Forces, designed so it could be dropped by parachute and was used at Arnhem during Operation Market Garden. Copies of this were built in Southport after the war, named the Corgi and sold in the US by a major department store, possibly Sear. I am not sure just which version the one here is though.

A busy day in Crich



Cars parked at the curbs, jeeps in the street, spivs and wide boys touting their wares, soldiers and their ladies strolling in the sun, it was a busy day in 1940s Crich last Sunday.

The motor cycle on the front of Screamin Eagle is the Welbike, designed by Station IX— the "Inter Services Research Bureau" — based at Welwyn in the UK, for use by Special Operations Executive. It has the distinction of being the smallest motorcycle ever used by the British Armed Forces, designed so it could be dropped by parachute and was used at Arnhem during Operation Market Garden. Copies of this were built in Southport after the war, named the Corgi and sold in the US by a major department store, possibly Sear. I am not sure just which version the one here is though.

comments (7)

  • zed
  • Australia
  • 11 Apr 2010, 00:34
Perfect Choice of processing Les and a marvelous capture
Les Auld: Thanks Zed, appreciate the comment.
pin sharp B&W, really suits this time period
Les Auld: It does indeed Derek, thanks for the comment.
what a wonderful dated feel to this - perfect processing for the subject
Les Auld: Does seem to suit Harry, thanks for the comment.
Well done Les, this is so of the times I reckon you must have been a really little boy when you took this smile
Les Auld: With my dad's box brownie perhaps, thanks for the comment Brian.
Really back in the time, excellent Les smile
Les Auld: With just a little help Linda, thanks for the comment.
Well done Les..love the processing.
Les Auld: Seemed to work Ron, thanks for the comment.
I expect there must be *something* in the picture that would give it away that this picture wasn't really taken in the 1940s, but offhand I can't think what! And the rendition in b&w is wonderful!
Les Auld: It is the bright green Hi Viz coat on the man by the ambulance Donald, thanks for the comment.

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