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Pneumatic Tyre and Booths Cycle Agency

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c. 1873 Booth's Cycle Agency was set up by the Booth Brothers, cycle and agricultural implement agents, managed by John Griffiths [1].

1889 Prospectus explained that the Company had been formed to take over the British and Irish interest of John Boyd Dunlop in the patent for an improvement in tyres of wheels for bicycles, tricycles, and other road cars and his interest in certain inventions, also the cycle business of Messrs. Booth Brothers, Dublin, and of the cycle works of Messrs. Edlin and Co, Belfast [2].

1889 John Boyd Dunlop set up Pneumatic Tyre and Booths Cycle Agency [3] with the help of William Harvey Du Cros and R. J. Mecredy.

They started manufacture in Lincoln Place, Dublin but because of complaints about fumes they moved the business to Coventry [4].

1893 The company operated a cycle agency department with depots in Dublin, Belfast (2) and Cork which was taken over by the newly formed John Griffiths Cycle Corporation in October 1893[5].

1893 Company name changed to the Pneumatic Tyre Co

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Sources of Information

  1. The Standard 27 November 1893
  2. Warwick University archives [1]
  3. Nationl Archives [2]
  4. The Times, 25 October 1921
  5. The Standard 27 November 1893