More Photos of Mary

More Photos of Mary

I thought I’d put up the best of the other photos I’ve taken of the decals and parts of my 1966 Phillips loop-frame roadster, Mary Poppins. You’ve already seen the headbadge, front mudguard, pedals, and saddle in other posts. Here’s the rest.

Phillips decal on the frame.

Other decals on the curved top post of the bike. The top one, badly damaged, shows a coat of arms and the words “GUARANTEED GENUINE ———–  –IGHT —-GHT”. The green sticker is the repair sticker from a now-departed local bike shop. You can also see the top braze-on for the missing frame pump, and some paint damage on the front mudguard.

Made in England, and some of the pinstriping.

More pinstriping, and a decal that reads, “THE TRUE —-ER  —–E  B——-“. The rear braze-on for the frame pump is hiding under that electrical tape. I guess it was catching on someone’s trouser cuff?

The chainguard, with Phillips decal and some damage from the pedal. This is also a pretty good photo of the pedals and crank. The chain could use cleaning, and I haven’t checked it for wear yet.

A nice shot of the chrome on the pedals and the Pletscher kickstand. I think the part with the red enamel says E56E.

Is this part with the Sturmey-Archer stamp the derailleur?

Best photo I’ve been able to take yet of the Sturmey-Archer SC single coaster brake. The reflective chrome plating makes it tricky!

Rear mudguard with reflector [update: it’s marked BSA.U.40LI(heart)LIC.2628 FAIRYLITES BRITISH MADE I(circle)3224] and a smear of adhesive – I wonder what used to be stuck there (maybe another chrome trim piece?). There is a very badly scratched up decal further up the fender, the one with the lion and the phrase “Reknowned The World Over” that’s modelled on the prewar Phillips headbadge.

These grips are made of the same material as the rear reflector’s casing, so I think they might be rubber, not plastic. They are marked “MADE IN ENGLAND”.

2 thoughts on “More Photos of Mary

  1. Love those decals, wow!

    That bit on the rear hub with the Sturmey-Archer brand is the actuator arm of the coaster brake. Basically, it’s part of what makes the bike stop when you apply the brake; it’s bolted to the frame so that it won’t spin around, which would render it useless. Since your bike does not have any gears, it also does not have any derailers (they move the chain from one gear to the next on bikes with 5 or more gears).

    Oh, and that decal would have read “Guaranteed Genuine British Light Weight.” It was a very common decal on Raleigh-made off-brand bikes in the 1960s. I know a place that can do decal reproductions if you want to restore the paint and decals at some point. I can give you the link in an email (once I find it) if you’re interested. All of the chrome and most of the paint looks to be in wonderful shape, though, so I would keep as much of it original as you can. Just clean and shine and it should be a real knockout!

  2. Thom – ha, I totally outed myself as a newb, didn’t I?

    I’ll definitely keep the decal idea in mind as I decide what to do – I think once I’ve finished rust-removal that will become clear to me which way I should go. You’ll be pleased to know that I officially joined the ranks of the restoration-detail-obsessed when I put in a bid on a white 1960s Phillips framepump on eBay yesterday… =)

    Thanks for all the information you’ve pointed me to, in this post and others. If I ever make it to your neck of the woods I owe you a beer.

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