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LONDON'S LORRIES: A Pictorial Review of the 50s and 60s
Bibliophile price: £9.00
As a young man, transport expert Arthur Ingram wandered round the capital snapping examples of haulage against the background of the city landmarks we know so well. His pictorial study of London's lorries in the 50s and 60s is thus a fascinating document for transport historians but perhaps even more significantly records the streets of the capital as they were before modern signage, double yellow lines and all the paraphernalia of getting around the city today. The author lives near the Great North Road (A1) and the North Circular, two wonderful vantage points for photographing lorries. In those days there were few imported vehicles, and the manufacturing heavyweights included Austin, Bedford, Commer, Dennis, Dodge and smaller makers such as Jensen and Rutland. The Cattle Market on York Way leading north from King's Cross was an area of heavy traffic, as was the Post Office sorting depot and the Agricultural Hall at Islington Green. Down south in Battersea Park a Wall's ice cream sales point is housed in an Austin KB8, popular for local delivery work and perhaps embodying the original white van. Legislation in the sixties facilitated the use of articulated vehicles and pictured here is a Whitbread lorry with a two-axle tractor coupled to a tri-axle semi-trailer, allowing for a considerable increase in the bulk of beer that could be carried. Out west, a neat little Model A Ford was the recovery vehicle for Barker's of Kensington, pictured here parked by a residential Chelsea kerbside, while on the other side of town Smithfield Market is the backdrop for a drawbar tractor BMC Austin 503 used for meat haulage. A mine of information, social history and nostalgia. 144pp, 285 archive images.

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