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Granby Cycles advertisements

Contributed by Blythwood on Aug 10th, 2016. Artwork published in
circa 1931
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    Granby cycles.jpg
    Source: http://www.oldbike.eu © Granby Cycles, digitised by the Online Bike Museum website. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Granby Cycles used Stephenson Blake’s Granby in its advertisements in the 1930s.

    According to the “Online Bike Museum” website, the marque, based in New Cross in south-east London, took the name from the nearby Marquis of Granby pub (this source dates its foundation to 1915 or slightly earlier), and operated until the 1960s. They used Granby in a wide range of adverts and brochures.

    Since Granby Cycles got to the name first, it would be wonderful to know if they were Stephenson Blake’s inspiration for the name “Granby” or if this was a delightful in-joke. You can spot that it’s not Gill Sans from the straight leg of the 'R’ and asymmetrical '3'.

    The Marquis (or Marquess) of Granby is a British aristocratic title given to members of the Manners family and named for a village in Nottinghamshire. The specific Marquis comemmorated is John Manners, who won a string of victories for Britain in the Seven Years War while taking considerable care by contemporary standards to keep his troops well-fed and treated, giving his name a traditional association with hospitality. The Dictionary of Pub Names reported that in 2006 at least twenty pubs existed named after him in London alone.

    Granby 2.jpg
    Source: http://www.oldbike.eu © Granby Cycles, digitised by the Online Bike Museum website. License: All Rights Reserved.
    1937_Granby_55.jpg
    Source: http://www.oldbike.eu © Granby Cycles, digitised by the Online Bike Museum website. License: All Rights Reserved.

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    3 Comments on “Granby Cycles advertisements”

    1. Aug 12th, 2016  1:11 am

      Kabel Heavy appears in the last picture.

    2. Aug 12th, 2016  7:14 pm
      You’re right, Robert, that big headline is in Kabel Black.
    3. Blythwood says:
      Aug 14th, 2016  10:41 pm

      Good point, thanks!

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