Item PCC/9/6 - Gray Scrapbook

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Gray Scrapbook


  • 1878-2002 (Creation)

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Album of newspaper cuttings, articles and photographs first compiled in 1954 by Wally H and Eileen E Gray, with the aim of showing in pictorial form the history of the club. It has been added to ever since by the club members, most recently by George Pyall in 2006-7. Many of the photographs were held by the Club in their Club Room at Regent Street, others were supplied by members following appeals by the compilers.

Page 1-2 Image of the Quintin Hogg and title page for the album 'Polytechnic Cycling Club'
Page 4 Introduction - paragraph describing the club and what the book is for.
Page 6 Souvenir of club dinner - booklet detailing brief history of the club from 1878-1899. Made by the VP Walter Groves
Page 7 Tables of championships won by members of the club
Page 8 1885 - Photographs of members, letter detailing purpose of the album and what it will entail.
Page 9-12 Variety of photographs of the club from 1885-89.
Page 13 Old photographs the cycling club display at the Polytechnic fete and a group club picture
Page 14 Press cutting on 'cycling' journal and its editors who were a part of the club. Group picture from 1890.
Page 15-17 Variety of cycling group pictures from the 1890's. Eg. Launch parties, Polytechnic v Catford C.C. match.
Page 18-21 A.J Watson's photographs - the first polyrider to win a national challenge cup. Also more group photographs from mid 1890's.
Page 22 1897 photograph of E.Payne - national champion
Page 23 Cycling club members take part in pantomimes. 1899-1905.
Page 24-27 Collection of individual photographs of members and their achievements in the 1890s.
Page 28-29 Polytechnic racing team and their performances (individually listed), image of paced racing at Crystal Palace.
Page 30 Images from 1895 racing championships
Page 31 Cartoon image from 'Cycle Press Ltd' 1897 - titled 'A case of furious riding' in which a policeman stops a cyclist who may have gone too fast.
Page 32 Images of 100 mile and 50 mile champions of 1897 and 1896, images of club captain and treasurer Fred Chapman.
Page 33 1893 Club picture
Page 34-35 Club news from newspaper - a cartoon image, club photos from 1896 and 1902.
Page 36-41 J.F Ditchman page - images and information about him, Collection of different members successes with their photographs, 1903 team photo.
Page 42 J.K Studd - one photo and one colour painting, 1903 president elect.
Page 43 Collection of individual photographs from 1906-1914.
Page 44 T.Hall page of images and information - twice world record holder.
Page 45 More photographs of individuals and achievements from 1904-1910
Page 46 R.Shirely - image and achievements, club group picture 1908.
Page 47-49 Champion photographs from 1908, one 1890 group and club officials picture, olympic games group photo
Page 50 C.H Bartlett - 1909 - photograph of the popular rider and his achievements
Page 51-54 W.J Bailey - collection of photos and achievements, including newspaper articles.
Page 55 1909 group club photo
Page 56 4 photographs of poly members on cycles - 1909-10
Page 57-58 Group photographs from years 1910-11
Page 59-61 Collection of photographs of different members whilst cycling - some signed with 'yours sincerely'
Page 62 Club group photo 1912 and Olympic group 1912
Page 64-65 More individiaul photographs that are signed.
Page 66 1913 and 1913 group photos
Page 67-68 H.H Gaylor - images of him and achievements, also pictures of him serving during the war 1915-1917.
Page 69-70 Members of the cycling club who were a part of the war effort 1914-18 and gave their lives on active service.
Page 71-79 A collection of photographs depicting different events and who took place; racing at Herne Hill, Olympic tandem 1920, 1914 and 1923 world championships
Page 80 Poly club meeting in 1923, also letter addressed to L.W.A Ewif who was made secretary and responsible for resurgence of club after the war.
Page 81 1923 group photograph
Page 82-86 Collection of the team and members in action at various events during the years 1924-1931.
Page 87 Cycling club jubilee booklet
Page 88-92 Photographs of races in action; 24 hour paced, tandem trike records 1925, 1928 track pursuit team.
Page 94-96 Traditional christmas panto photgraphs
Page 99 1929 club group photograph
Page 100 Images of Harry Leat - lifelong member
Page 101 Newspaper articles on Herne Hill events; 1929 womens cycle racing, madison fifty lap race 1930.
Page 102-106 Variety of photographs - some of races and some team pictures
Page 109-116 Collection of team photographs on cycles, during races, E.H Chambers photos and achievements from 1928-1936.
Page 117 Smaller photographs of club members
Page 118 Polytechnic jubilee booklet
Page 119-124 Different photographs of club members - single shots and cycling shots.
Page 125 1938 Jubilee Dinner leaflet (menu, toast, entertainment, prize winners), also photoghraphs of club members
Page 126 Harry Oxley - photographs and information of his records as cyclist
Page 127-132 Photographs of races in action and cyclists at the different races from 1938-1948
Page 133-136 Photographs of single members on bicycle, thanksgiving service booklet. 1942-49
Page 137 Photohraph of Alfred Ingram, Cycling H.H. England editor, signing the book and a copy of the piece he signed.
Page 138-140 Images of racing and poly men together. 1946-52.
Page 142-143 Viscount Hailsham elected president in 1947 - photohraph, also photos of him at poly track meets and Lady Hailsham at the track 1950s.
Page 144-146 Members pictured winning competitions in 1950's; Ken Marshall, W.H.C Gregory, D. Handley.
Page 147 Christmas dinner run group photograph from 1949
Page 148-153 Pages on club champions, list of names and details of track/roads, photographs of champions.
Page 154 Newspaper article on 'Great record of the Polytechnic' - going through the achievements of the club and its wins and work over the years.
Page 155 More photographs of poly members 1951 and 1955
Page 158 Photograph of Lord Hailsham cycling - the president setting an example of how to overcome the bus strike
Page 159-164 Collection of photos recording different races and wins. 1055-72
Page 165 Photographs from 1972 Cherry Medal Awards being given to Wallis Gray and Brayn Maybanks for their work at the club
Page 166-167 Photographs depicting ways the club attempted to modernise and revive itself. Modernise thhrough Gerry Burgess sponsoring Gaylor race, revivival through courses for youngsters to take part in to build interest
Page 168 80's time trial successses through sponsorship by Don McKellow - colour photographs of race marshalling.
Page 169 Cycling club centenary - photographs of Jim Pyall cycling as part of the club and collecting plaque at centenary celebration
Page 170-171 Colour and black and white photographs of cyclists
Page 172 Newspaper article on Walls Gray - his work for the club and influence as sportsmen
Page 173-182 Collection of black and white photographs ranging from 1940s-50s of cyclists, dinner runs, christmas diners, easter cycle rally and cyclists on tour
Page 183-184 Newspaper article on the history of the cycling club - marking 100 years. Double spread, details of achievements, wins, famous figures etc.

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Status: Open. Access is subject to signing the Regulations for Access form, unless the records are restricted under the Data Protection Act 2018 or under exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act 2000

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Physical description: Requires minor conservation, including boxing

Condition: Fair

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