Man polishing a Rudge 500cc Special motorcycle, 1937.
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of a man polishing a Rudge 500cc Special at the Bicycle and Motor Cycle Show in Earls Court, London, taken by Saidman for the Daily Herald newspaper on 21 September, 1937. At £69.50, this motorbike was expensive for its time. Founded in 1894, the Rudge-Whitworth Company were a British manufacturer noted for their technical innovation and racing success. Rudge-Whitworth continued producing motorcycles until 1940. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.