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Bicycles have borne silent witness to many significant historical events. Here is a Weiss Manfred in Budapest in October 1956.
For those nerds out there, here are some items I considered when identifying the bike - please let me know if you have other ideas!
My initial guess is that this is a Weiss Manfred from the late 1930’s.
So when this photo was taken, the bike was already almost 20 years old I think!
One area of uncertainty is the 5 spoke crank - doesn’t seem original Weiss Manfred? Also not clear if top of front fork is also chromed? Pretty sure this is not a later Csepel as the build quality is very high (chromed front) - I haven’t seen this on later Csepels.
Weiss Manfred from 1939 for comparison - what do you guys think?
I was searching, but haven't got the ideal model
This is close
PAPP ZSOLT - WM CSODA (1937) típusú kerékpárja
More pictures of bicycles from the 1956 revolution in Hungary!
Noch mehr Bilder mit Fahrrädern aus 1956 während der Revolution in Budapest / Ungarn
További képek kerékpár tekintetében 1956-ból
Let me know what you think about the bikes in fore- or background...
Pretty much all look like Csepel's. Fitting.
Note the parallel and straight down tubes on the women's frames. Mens bikes have the 5 spoke Kettenblatt which seems to be a feature of Csepel?
You mean these?
Especially the one on the left...
More 1956 pictures (streets of Budapest) - less visible bikes
Mehr Bilder aus 1956 mit Fahrrädern im Hintergrund versteckt
Még több kép 1956-ból, melyeken kerékpárok látszanak, bár rejtve vannak
KÖZTÁRSASÁG TÉR - with prisoners
KOSSUTH LAJOS TÉR
POLLACK MIHÁLY TÉR (behind Nemzeti Múzeum - National Museum)
Additional infor to last picture: this are!
Was Hungary Part Of The Soviet Union Simple When North Korean Students Joined The 1956 Hungarian Revolution
Source: FORTEPAN / Nagy Gyula
Found another image:
smockmedia.com - http://smockmedia.com/1956-hungarian-revolution-60-years/
1956 photograph on one of the pages inside Hungarian Literature Magazin about Sándor Márai, important writer living most of his life in exile:
End of the street you can clearly see Gutenberg tér with it's arcade.
Street left is Bródy Sándor utca. We are in the Palotanegyed (Palace District or Palace Quarter closer the Hungarian meaning).
The person filming is standing in Mária utca poiting towards Blaha Lujza tér.
Bicycles in Budapest 1956 / Uprising context found on estost.photoshelter.com
Here you will bump into a handful of bicycles used during the battle...
Enter the page.
Choose a photograph.
It will automatically zoom in.
On the right hand side a box will appear telling you a story in regards to the current situation as seen on the picture and the neighbourhood the photograph was taken at.
Name of photographer you will find included in the description
Scroll down on the page for more highlighted images!!!
Picture souce: https://estost.photoshelter.com/gallery/Hungary-1956-Uprising-in-color/G00002lhHAwiR.Xc/C0000hpp41P1sy5k
Someone following waffenradforums.net sending us the same picture as posted a year ago (May 2019)! Thanks folks!
Great picture. These bikes are not all big black "roadsters" - there are quite a few lighter builds.