Seals of approval for bikes – all yours for just £22

Seals of Southsea window display in 1954
Seals of Southsea window display in 1954
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Not some far flung island but Port Creek alongside Eastern Road, Portsmouth, earlier this week. I counted more than 50 plastic bottles along with other man-made filth.

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Roy Thompson thought this picture would bring memories flooding back for Portsmouth motorists and cyclists.

Many of you will remember the various Seals shops around the city and I’d be interested to learn more about the firm, its history and any tales from those who worked there.

Roy, of Berkeley Close, Hill Head, Fareham, was particularly taken with the 1954 picture of the window display on the right.

He says: ‘They don’t make them like this any more – mudguards, lights, three and four-speed gears, bell, pump, saddlebag, and all for £22 odd.’

The picture immediately below shows the Seals shop at Highland Road, Southsea.

Roy is guessing it’s pre-Second World War because of the models and trolleybus wires.

‘There’s a good line-up of cars – any colour you like so long as it’s black. I wonder what they’d be worth today?’