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Motor car and passengers outside Humber Ltd's works, Beeston

Humber and Company Limited was founded by Thomas Humber (1841-1910) at Beeston, Nottinghamshire, in 1869. Thomas Humber had earlier opened his pedal-cycle works in Sheffield, then expanded to Stretton Street, Nottingham, in 1868, to produce a diamond frame cycle that was described at the time as a curious looking contraption. In spite of this, Humber quickly earnt a name for producing a quality ar…