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‘No hurry, no hurry’, said Sir James with that air of self-denial that conveys the urgent necessity of intense speed.

Ms. Ada Leverson (The Twelfth Hour) 1907

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Advertisement for Alfred Dunhill of Euston Road, London N.W (1903)

Alfred Dunhill was in the company’s own words an “innovator, adventurer, curator, collector, charmer, visionary, stylist, speed freak, pooh-pooher of borders and nay-sayers…and cutter of dash”.

One of Alfred’s most notable creations were his ‘Bobby Finders’, a cross between binoculars and motoring goggles. By wearing the device, the motorist was able ‘to spot a policeman at half a mile, disguised as a respectable man’. Useful indeed given the temptation there must have been to break the 12mph speed limit of the day.

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1900’s Watercolour of Thames barges and wharves

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