Strange but True 2

Our second instalment of cartoons documenting the bizarre in the bicycle world

In 1942, during the dark days of the Second World War,  a British retailer of bicycles, Currys, began a series of a hundred advertisements in a national newspaper. Each advert consisted of a cartoon-style collection of interesting stories and insights on cycling. Material was sent in from readers around the world, who each received a guinea for their troubles.

We illustrate here a selection of the items which appeared in these adverts, which are so reminiscent of the gentle copywriting stype of the time, and of the strong interest in cycling among the public at large.