Every day, just by the bus stop on Great Portland Street where I catch the C2 home, I gaze down on an old sign inlaid into the pavement. And every day, I mean to find out more about Coppen, Allan & Co. Today I finally did just that.
Coppen, Allan were a top end motor dealer and engineers - dating from the days between the wars when the north end of Great Portland Street was London's "Motor Row". It has home to more than thirty car showrooms.
Coopen, Allan were once, it seems, a household name. The advert above dates from 1920. Seven years later, the partnership at the heart of the comapny was dissolved - though it may have remained as a trading name. Coppen, Allan has left a very slight digital footprint, and to my surprise this last emblem of its onetime grandeur doesn't seem to have attracted a lot of attention.
Well, it attracted my attention - and now yours. Just what blogs are for.
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