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1920 Charabanc outing
Bus and Coach Photos
No: 7891   Contributor: John Southall   Year: 1920   Country: England
1920 Charabanc outing

The first of several photos from the Bernard Chapman Collection of charabanc outings in the 1920's.
Charabanc is french for "benched carriage" and later became a general name for early motor coaches. In this example each bench would take 4 adults and had a door at each end. It also had a folded canvas hood stowed at the back in case of inclement weather.
The tyres, you may have noticed, are solid.
Solid tyres and wooden bench seats and, by the look of it, little or no suspension.....
This outing is Dawlish cricket club and a few supporters of to play a game at Wonford House in Exeter.
Some outings went much, much further as we will see.
Picture added on 12 April 2012 at 07:51
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Bernard Chapman Collection, Dawlish, Devon, England
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Hi to John (or to the editor): would it be a good idea to have a description of Mr Chapman and the relevant history at the head of this group to explain the significance of the collection?
It seems like this is going to be an important set of photographs.

Added by Fazer9553 on 12 April 2012.
Fazer we could not agree more, and to this end we have opened the Bernard Chapman Collection, now it is over to you John

Added by H&M on 12 April 2012.
OK guys I will put something together and send it to H&M

Added by John Southall on 12 April 2012.
Excellent: I have a feeling this is going to turn out to be a big charabanc collection which is probably a unique thing.

Added by Fazer9553 on 13 April 2012.
I have been doing some research regarding the charabanc business in 1926 as my great Grandfather Mr W.E. Curtis had a business at 58, Wentworth St Manchester known as The Manchester coach company at this time. Think your site is a great idea!

Added by Philippa Curtis on 23 October 2014.
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Bernard Chapman Collection, Dawlish, Devon, England

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