1906 Lewis Cycle and Motor Works illustrated booklet

We have never seen a copy of this booklet, but without it this web site would not exist!

The existence of the booklet is known from the following short article that appeared on page 8 of The Advertiser on 17 May 1906:


We have received a copy of a handsome illustrated booklet, published by the Lewis cycle and motor works, of Victoria-square and Gawler-place, Adelaide. The photographs show the exterior and the interior of the various establishments controlled by the firm, as well as the different departments in which the work of building and repairing motors and cycles is carried on. There are likewise some fine views of motors and cycles. The descriptive literary matter is interesting. Hints are given as to the proper method of caring for motors, including the driving gear and motive power. There are also details of the construction of eight to sixteen horsepower cars. Valuable information is given, too, concerning the building and care of bicycles. The book is well printed and well bound.

The photographs in The Lewis Album were professionally taken in 1904 and 1905 (or perhaps early 1906), and the description of the booklet here leaves no doubt that they were taken with its production in mind. While many the earlier photos found their way into the 1905 Lewis Cycles catalogue and some were used in much later publications, like the 1909 Lewis Motors catalogue and the 1912 Lewis Cycles catalogue, it seems likely that all of the photographic content of the 1906 booklet would have been drawn from the album.

So, if you own or have seen a copy of the 1906 Lewis booklet, please let us know!

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