Monday, May 23, 2016

Bicycles

Another utility box that references the history of its location, this one is located in the Weston neighbourhood. Weston was the site of the CCM (Canada Cycle & Motor Company) plant until it closed in 1983. The company was formed in 1899 and produced most of the bicycles that Canadian kids rode through until the 1960s. I had 2 of them! In the winter the workers at the plant made ice skates from the scrap metal from the bikes. The artist for this one is Robin Hesse and she made a great choice using the Penny Farthing image, don't you think?
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

23 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

You can't go wrong with a Penny-farthing Pat :) Happy Victoria Day, enjoy!

Bill Nicholls said...

Ah but did you have a penny farthing, come to that did they have any in Canada at all?

Christine said...

I love this & thanks for the history info also. Very interesting!

Tom said...

BIG wheel keep a turning,

Luis Gomez said...

Love it!

Sharon Anck said...

I love it! Great colors as well as design.

Karl Demetz said...

Nice one !

s.c said...

Indeed a very nice one.

Jacob said...

This is excellent. What a great way to brighten up a city!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love how they decorate these and when they tell you something about the history of the area that's even better!

Taken For Granted said...

The Penny-Farthing is a powerful image. So glad it has such important local meaning. Too bad the company went out of business. Just when they went out of business the bicycle industry was booming. Perhaps their products failed to keep up with the times?

Michelle said...

I like it!

eileeninmd said...

Interesting history, another great mural. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Cloudia said...

Rooted in meaning of place and time. Excellent!

Stefan Jansson said...

Love it.

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

Now, you are talking a language, even I can understand.
Lovely way to decorate the street.
Have a Beautiful Week, Pat!
Peace :)

Kate said...

A truly unique mural and I wish that all utility boxes would be painted , esp with sorting as historical as this one. great find!

marshaleith said...

super...and you now have me looking for painted utility boxes(and I found one already...maybe next week's post!)

peppylady (Dora) said...

Stop in from Biebkriebels. Sure is pretty mural. Lot of community is doing mural which one to tell one history too.
Coffee is on

Karen said...

Sure beats the plain old green boxes!

William Kendall said...

So that's what CCM stood for. Very colourful!

genie said...

What a fine mural on the utility box. The colors are so eye catching.

Jack said...

This is terrific! I know CCM for hockey skates, but didn't realize that its main business was bicycles. I don't remember seeing any down here. In the USA, Columbia and Schwinn bicycles were the bikes of choice when I was a kid, unless your parents had enough money to buy you a Raleigh.