Advertisement for Alfred Dunhill of Euston Road, London N.W (1903)
Alfred Dunhill was in the company’s own words an “innovator,
adventurer, curator, collector, charmer, visionary, stylist, speed
freak, pooh-pooher of borders and nay-sayers…and cutter of dash”.
One of Alfred’s most notable creations were his ‘Bobby Finders’,
a cross between binoculars and motoring goggles. By wearing the device,
the motorist was able ‘to spot a policeman at half a mile, disguised as
a respectable man’. Useful indeed given the temptation there must have
been to break the 12mph speed limit of the day.