Box-type delivery tricycle

Made:
1938 in Birmingham

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Box-type delivery tricycle, 1938. Wall & Son Ltd first started to use these to sell ice-cream in 1922. Known as Walls ‘Stop me and buy one’ tricycles, they soon became a familiar sight on Britain’s roads between the wars with over 10,000 in use in 1939. During the Second World War many were destroyed for metal but some, including this example, were ‘called up’ for service. Fitted with radios, compasses and metronomes they were used to train fighter direction officers at a base in Pembrokshire. During the war a limited amount of ice-cream was produced and distributed to severely bombed areas, but due to rationing it was not on sale again until the late 1940s. The last tricycle known to sell Walls ice-cream was ridden by Gordon Knipe in Gloucester who retired in 1974.

Details

Category:
Road Transport
Object Number:
1968-470
type:
tricycle
credit:
T. Wall & Sons (Ice-Cream) Ltd.

Cite this page

Rights

We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.


Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero


Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data

Download

Download catalogue entry as json

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.