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Kaga simpson
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31 of 35  Tue 18th Oct 2016 10:52am  
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Derrickarthur, spot on with dates, Elmsdale Ave, Windmill Rd School 49-59, your brother would have been two classes higher I presume.
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Derrickarthur
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32 of 35  Wed 19th Oct 2016 10:52pm  
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Kaga. My brother thinks he remembers Janet but from school rather than Dunlop. He says she lived in Elmsdale Avenue between Starkey's shop and the back entrance to the William IV pub. He thinks she lived next door or one away from Dave Rees who was in his class at Windmill Road school and also went to work at Dunlop. I remember the Litwin family who lived opposite the rear entrance to the William. I worked with Rod Litwin at Dunlop (we are both retired now) and Mick Litwin who I discovered died last month aged 65. There were a few other brothers whose names escape me. My brother also thinks there was a family of Simpsons that lived opposite Janet. Any relation to you. He also thinks that Janet had a brother that he vaguely remembers. Regards Derrick Oldham
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dutchman
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33 of 35  Wed 19th Oct 2016 11:24pm  
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Corner of Alma Street and Hood Street in 1897 showing the Dunlop works on the left:
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Kaga simpson
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34 of 35  Fri 21st Oct 2016 9:36am  
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Derrick, no the Simpsons in Elmsdale Ave were not related as far as I know, never checked them out. Janet's brother was Barry Blythe.
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Kaga simpson
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35 of 35  Wed 26th Feb 2020 12:10pm  
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John Dunlop was a veterinary surgeon in Belfast, not an engineer or inventor, but bicycles were made with solid wheels, then fixed with an iron band. But John's son rode his bike round Belfast's cobblestones (boneshaker). John set about making it easier, he cut some garden hose into strips, tied them round the wheels, blew them up, better. It had been done before, but lost in France. John Dunlop had invented the pneumatic tyre. He then experimented after a guy in the U.S.A. named Goodyear was experimenting with vulcanised rubber. Because of complaints at the Dunlop factory in Dublin about the smell of his factory, he moved to Coventry.
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