William 'Rath' Pashley's Wedding Portrait
A Pashley Family Portrait
1930s Pashley Catalogue
William 'Rath' Pashley with his Land Skiff
'Rath' Pashley and fellow cyclists 1939
1930s Pashley Catalogue
1930s Pashley Catalogue
Cycling on the moors 1939
Pashley 'People Carrier' and Dairy Cart
Pashley Carrier Cycle 1930s
Rath with friends
'Rath' Pashley out on a ride 1942
Galloway Tour 1946
Galloway Tour 1946
Dairy Tricycle 1949
Pashley Exhibition Stand
The Original Pashley Carrier Cycles Factory
Outside the Pashley Carrier Cycles Factory
Dairyman's Cycle
Pashley Refreshment Trolley 1940s
Pashley during the second World War
Earl Court Exhibition 1948
Ice Cream Bicycle
A Pashley Milk Vending Trailer
Rath out to dinner
Pashley Tricycles 1960s
Pashley Tandem 1970s

William 'Rath' Pashley's Wedding Portrait

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This is the wedding portrait of a young William 'Rath' Pashley and his beautiful wife Marguerite Aston Pashley. It was taken on November 13th 1920. 
 

A Pashley Family Portrait

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This photo was taken in 1928 (possibly in Birmingham). From left to right: William ‘Rath’ Pashley (Pashley’s founder) holding his son Dick; Maggie Pashley, behind Willam; Sarah Jane Pashley; Grandmother Brenner; Alan & Joseph Rathbone; Grandfather Brenner.
 

1930s Pashley Catalogue

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This imagery is from one of the first Pashley catalogues. It shows the original 'Pashley & Barber' headbadge and the 'Clubman Special' racing model. Pashley were based in Birmingham from 1926 through to the 1960s when the factory was moved to Stratford-upon-Avon.

William 'Rath' Pashley with his Land Skiff

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William's note reads: 'The new Land Skiff. Maybe I'll make a fortune out of these - maybe spend one making them'!
 

'Rath' Pashley and fellow cyclists 1939

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This photo was taken at the start of a social ride starting in Gowbowen on April 21st 1939. Rath is positioned just left of the B&B sign (he is wearing a flatcap and a white pocket square).

1930s Pashley Catalogue

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1930s Pashley Catalogue

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Cycling on the moors 1939

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A picture taken on 22nd April 1939 of some of Rath's fellow cyclists on their way to Cader Fronwen. No modern mountain bikes in sight!

Pashley 'People Carrier' and Dairy Cart

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This photo is from an old catalogue that illustrated 'the comprehensive range of tricycles, push cars, hand trucks and double purpose conservator-cars for the ice cream, dairy, confectionary and allied trades".
 

Pashley Carrier Cycle 1930s

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This Pashley Carrier Cycle was one of many featured in the 1930s West Midland Accessories Catalogue. Part of the description reads "The Carrier Cycles illustrated on this and following pages are manufactured by specialists and are constructed of the finest possible Carrier materials obtainable. Every detail has been designed to give long, trouble free service in the hands of errand boys."

Rath with friends

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This photo was taken in Cherch Streeton in May 1940 whilst Rath and fellow cyclists were on a Spring Cycle Tour. Rath is central with pipe.

'Rath' Pashley out on a ride 1942

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‘Rath’ Pashley (pictured far right), is relaxing with fellow cyclists during an Autumn run to Aston Cantlow, Warwickshire. October 4th 1942.
 

Galloway Tour 1946

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Rath (far left) is pictured leading fellow cyclists on the Galloway Cycling Tour in May 1946.

Galloway Tour 1946

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The riders gathering during the 1946 Galloway Cycle Tour. Rath is pictured centrally, raising his glass.

Dairy Tricycle 1949

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The Pashley Dairy Tricycle was designed chiefly for the carrying of milk churns. The body frame was of heavily galvanised steel with a swinging arm in the front to allow the churns to be easily lifted in and out. The sides were totally enclosed with stove enamelled steel plates adorned with relevant company livery.

Pashley Exhibition Stand

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The Original Pashley Carrier Cycles Factory

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This illustration is of the original Pashley factory based on Chester Street in Birmingham. The copy reads: "This list [brochure] illustrates and describes a comprehensive range of Tricycles, Push Cars, Hand Trucks, and Double Purpose Conservator-cars for the Ice Cream, Dairy, Confectionary and Allied Trades. They are all manufactured completely in our works (which cover over 30,000 feet on one floor). Frame building, Polishing and Enamelling, Body Building, Coach Painting and Sign Writing, Sheet Metal Work and Insulating all have their separate departments for the production at competitive prices of vehicles attractively designed, strongly constructed, and superbly finished".

Outside the Pashley Carrier Cycles Factory

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Dairyman's Cycle

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This Pashley Dairyman's Cycle was specially built for the carrying of bottled milk! The carrier could take 30 pint bottles of milk, and was supported - whilst parked - by a twin-leg 'spring-up' stand.

Pashley Refreshment Trolley 1940s

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Following the end of second World War hostilities in 1945, demand for replacements was high and Pashley made as many cycles as steel supplies allowed. Meanwhile returning servicemen and war-weary families, taking their first holidays for years, would be greeted on most railway station platforms by increasingly stylish Pashley refreshment trolleys.

Pashley during the second World War

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For the duration of the second World War, Pashley's factory was turned over to the manufacture of military equipment and coach-building ambulances on Rolls-Royce and Daimler chassis. Needless to say, the Pashley delivery bicycles and tricycles in service saw more use than ever, due to wartime restrictions on materials and fuel. 

Earl Court Exhibition 1948

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Pashley’s first exhibtion after World War 2 was at the Cycle and Motor Show at Earls Court, London, in 1948. During the years just after the end of World War 2 it had proven difficult to manufacture cycles in great quantity due to lack of raw materials and component parts. 1948 was the first year that Pashley was fully up and running again to supply its Carrier Cycles to customers.
 

Ice Cream Bicycle

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This is a page from a 1940s catalogue featuring the 'stop me for real cream ices' bicycle. The copy reads: "This machine is built on our famous double truss frame. This particular "Pashley" small wheel cycle has been in regular use by the largest food and general commodity distributors for over 9 years and has been proved to be the finest carrier on the market".

A Pashley Milk Vending Trailer

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Pashley has produced a surprisingly wide variety of vehicles in its time. This quirky milk trailer was one of its more unusual models, very popular at gymkhanas! The slogan reads "drink milk for energy" and the trailer also features the original Pashley script logo (bottom left).

Rath out to dinner

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This is one of the last pictures Pashley has of Rath, taken at the George Hotel in 1961 (no doubt after a ride with his fellow cyclsits). He is pictured on the far right with a jolly smile and raising his glass.

Pashley Tricycles 1960s

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Pashley Tandem 1970s

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