Sunday 5 September 2010

1921 Proaganda Van

I had this postcard for ages. It's one I got from a secondhand shop somewhere. I was intrigued by the madcap van/3 wheeler thing. I had never seen one of these before. It almost looks too mad to have existed. I have googled this in the past to no avail but I tried recently and found some information. Seems it has been identified for some other curious party. It is a 1913 Cyklon Cyklonette Delivery Van. Here is a writeup of this mo fo from a good flickr member stkone
"Cyklon (sometimes written Cyclon) was a german motorcycle an car manufacturer, located in Berlin-Charlottenburg. The company founder Paul Schauer started 1900/01, as one of the first in germany, producing motorcycles in series. The frames where selfamde, while the engines where purcased from Werner, Zédèl and De Dion. The first type has frontdrive, with the ioe-motor of 300 cm³ and 1,5 hp over the frontwheel and a beltdrive. Motorcycle production ceased 1905.
1902 a three-wheeler with the name "Cyklonette" and a 350 cm³, 3,5hp engine was constructed and became relatively wide used. 1904 a twin-cylinder version, as seen her, was introduced. The engine has a displacement from 750 cm³. They where used as cabs in Berlin and produced until 1923. 1920 an even larger type with 1290 cm³ and 10hp where introduced but it turned out that this was to expensive. The three-wheeler production ceased then in 1923, after Jacob Schapiro became majority stockholder."
This machine is probably brown flakes in a landfill or something, and that driver is wormfood, or he's about 100 - 110 years old, interesting food for thought in this image.

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