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Invoice issued by The General Motor & Tyre Co. in 1926.

One of the deals made by The General Motor & Tyre Co. in September 1926 was for the supply of a new bicycle tyre, sold to Mr J. Hinman Esq. of Braunston, nr Oakham, Rutland. Unusually, for an old invoice/receipt such as this, the original envelope (also marked up in the company's name) survives with it. Both sport King George V stamps, the receipt a stamp for Two Pence, the envelope (or cover, as philatelists will refer to it) for Three Halfpence.
Two London addresses were given for The General Motor & Tyre Company, a depot at 81 Queen Street, Hammersmith W6, while the offices were at 7-7a Caledonian Street, King's Cross N1. Telegrams for the former would be sent to "Tyrpresse, Hammer, London", while the latter could be reached at "Tyrpresit, Kincross, London". Depots in Brussels and Paris were also part of the group.
General Motor and Tyre Company
The customer's address is written in pencil on the invoice, as is the location "Oakham Station", possibly where the new tyre would be sent to, for Mr Hinman to collect.
Of equal interest, to me anyway, is the illustrated envelope which features not only the company's details, but also an illustration of a white-walled crossply tyre. Both it and the invoice are dated for the 21st September, 1926. Note the franking, or cancellation, on the envelope, promoting the use of the British telephone network.
Cover with King George V stamp
Contemporary advertising for The General Motor & Tyre Co. reveals a large-scale operation, with, apparently, the largest power press in London, to enable the fitting of solid tyres to commercial vehicle wheels. Their staff could also convert pneumatic wheels to solid tyres, perhaps for users operating vehicles in conditions un-favourable to pneumatic tyres. Also, iron-tyred steam wagons could be converted to using solid rubber tyres. Makes of tyre in stock include those produced by Dunlop, De Nevers, Wood-Milne, Macintosh, Avon, Goodrich, Goodyear, Henley's, Connolly's, Spencer-Moulton, Bates and more.
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