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C S Rolls standing with a bicycle, c 1895.

C S Rolls standing with a bicycle, c 1895.
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm


Photograph from an album of prints collected by English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910). Rolls founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the most famous motoring companies in the world. He was a regular and succesful competitor in many of the early motor races, and was a keen aviator, making the first non-stop double crosing of the English Channel by aeroplane. Rolls was killed in 1910 when his plane crashed at the Bournemouth Air Show.

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