MAKERS: HUMBER Cycle Co

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Thomas Humber started at age 13 in 1854 with a smith in Nottingham. After a number of different employers he started his own blacksmithy in Nottingham. He started making boneshakers from his home, 65 Northumberland Street, for his own use and a few acquaintances in 1868. With demand mounting he took premises at 29a Stretton Street, Nottingham and issued his first price list in 1873.

Two years later he took Thomas Rushforth Marriott into partnership to form Humber & Marriott. When Fred Cooper joined in 1877, the partnership became Humber, Marriott & Cooper and, with increasing demand, new, larger, premises were built at Beeston, Notts. At that time there were 80 employees.

In 1885 the partnership was dissolved to become Humber & Co, and a rival ‘Humber’ operation was set up by Marriott & Cooper which had an equal right to use the Humber name. So Thomas Humber started calling his machines ‘Genuine Humber’.

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1886 Beeston Humber (52 wheel) 5

1886 Beeston Humber (52″ wheel)

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HISTORY OF MILITARY BICYCLES

1886-1918 HISTORY OF MILITARY BICYCLES VIDEO

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1889 Humber Fittings Crossframe 1

1889 Crossframe Safety with Humber Fittings

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J. Devey Safety Bicycle 05

1892 J. Devey Northern X Safety No 2 (Humber)

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1893-Humber-of-Paris-0-copy

1893 Humber Road Racer (Paris Depot)

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1895 Humber 05

1895 Humber ‘Model B’ Safety Export Model

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1896_Humber_Synyer_051

1896 Humber Synyer Lady’s Safety

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1899_Humber_01-copy

1896-1898 Humber Standard-Grade Special Light Roadster (American Export Model)

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FOR SALE 1897 Humber Coventry Light Roadster 04 copy

1897 Humber Coventry Light Roadster

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1898 Humber Light Roadster 03

1898 Humber Light Roadster (‘The Hub’ Two-speed gear)

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1899-Beeston-Humber-Chainless-Safety-68

1899 Beeston Humber Chainless Safety (Metropole Acatene)

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1899-Beeston-Humber-No-1-Freewheel-Light-Roadster-05

1899 Beeston Humber Light Roadster (with Detachable Joints)

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1896_Humber_Synyer_051

1900 Humber First Grade Free Wheel Lady’s Safety (with Band brake)

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1901-Beeston-Humber-Gents-Tricycle-27

1901 Beeston Humber 3-Speed Light Roadster Tricycle

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1901 Beeston Humber Tricycle 04

1901 Beeston Humber Convertible Tricycle (Cordner 2-speed gear & Band Brake)

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1901 BEESTON HUMBER LIGHT ROADSTER TRICYCLE

1901 BEESTON HUMBER LIGHT ROADSTER TRICYCLE VIDEO

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1 1902 Humber Duplex Cross Frame 93 copy

1901/1902 Humber Duplex Cross Frame

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FOR SALE 1903_Humber_05

1903 Humber No. 14 Gent’s Roadster with Double-Action Backpedal Band Brake

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1908_1

1908 Humber Lady Back Tandem

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1913-Paris-Humber-04

1913 Beeston Humber (Paris Depot)

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1915 Military Humber WW1 05

1915 The Military Humber

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1920s_Coventry_Royal_05

1920s Coventry Royal Gent’s Roadster (Humber)

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1921_Beeston_Humber_01

1921 Beeston Humber Gents No 1

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1923_Humber_01

1921 Olympia Humber Lady’s Model No 10

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1920 Centaur 05

1922 Centaur Popular Roadster (Humber)

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1923_Humber_01

1923 ‘Popular’ Humber Model No 6 Ladies

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1924 Humber 05

1924 Humber Popular Tourist

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1910s-Components-X-Cross-Frame-60

1926 Centaur (by Humber) Cross-Frame ‘Model 13’

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1932-Humber-Light-Roadster-271

1932 Humber 3-Speed Path Racer

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1932-Humber-Olympia-06

1932 Humber Olympia X Model 54

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1911-Humber-WW1-despatch-bike-03

WW1 1911 Humber Despatch Rider’s Bicycle

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1915-Humber-Military-45

WW1 Era Beeston Humber with Military Fittings 

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