PHOTOS of 3 absolutely SUPERB stunning METAL RACQUET PRESSES from the UK

jimbo333

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Here are some photos of 3 stunning Metal Racquet Presses from the UK, and have ADDED PHOTOS of a few others as well further down the page!!!

OK only the first one is truly superb I admit, but the other 2 look good as well in my opinion. I collect metal racquets and even though these don't need racquet presses most of the time, I thought I might as well collect some metal racquet presses as well.

This first one is the Alrak press, made by the Sports Utilities Company, Oldham, England in the late 1920's I believe.








And if anyone has any other interesting metal racquet presses, please post the photos here, as I'd certainly like to see them!
 
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jimbo333

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This one is the Arrow press, made by the same company as above I believe, only a few years later.



 
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jimbo333

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Here are a few others from my "made in the UK" metal racket press collection!

(Although one of these was made in France)

 
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jimbo333

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Outstanding webpage on racket head presses.
Thanks for sharing and nice to see jumbo add this thread to the TW boards
Joe, it's Jimbo as in the nickname for Jimmy Connors my favourite tennis player, I'm not an elephant. Although I do have a big nose and an excellent memory:?
 

jimbo333

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This is a third press I have made by the Sports Utilities Company, Oldham, England. This one is also called the Arrow Press.

 

jimbo333

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Some of the old wood presses are really expensive, that's one of the reasons I've been collecting metal presses. Also I like the different designs in metal.
 
I've played tennis since 1958 and until today have never seen a metal racket press.

Were they not popular in the US?

As a boy I had hand me down wooden presses with springs and thumb screws. God forbid that our rackets should warp!

Of course the better players never took their presses to the courts. If somebody arrived at the (public) courts with their racket in a press, you knew they were beginners and to be avoided.

Beginners also wore BLACK SOCKS and other NON-WHITE outfits. How times have changed!

Dave
 

jimbo333

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I've played tennis since 1958 and until today have never seen a metal racket press.

Were they not popular in the US?

As a boy I had hand me down wooden presses with springs and thumb screws. God forbid that our rackets should warp!

Of course the better players never took their presses to the courts. If somebody arrived at the (public) courts with their racket in a press, you knew they were beginners and to be avoided.

Beginners also wore BLACK SOCKS and other NON-WHITE outfits. How times have changed!

Dave
I don't know if metal presses were popular in the US, but all mine were made in the UK, except one which was made in France. So seeing as neither of us has seen a US made metal press, then I'm guessing they weren't popular in the US!

Also I have to say that it feels wrong to be playing tennis in socks that aren't white even now for me:shock:
 

jimbo333

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The photo below is the Birmal racket, the first all Aluminium made in the UK in the mid 1920's, actually it was made in Birmingham, hence the name. The Alrak press above was apparently made especially for this racket!



I really should have a photo of them together, but unfortunately I havn't.
 

corners

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Joe, it's Jimbo as in the nickname for Jimmy Connors my favourite tennis player, I'm not an elephant. Although I do have a big nose and an excellent memory:?
LOL, everyone seems to be mangling your monicker lately. Beautiful presses Jimbo!
 

magnut

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Nice thread. Those are some stunning metal presses Bimbo. It makes me want to start playing with wood frames again.
 
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jimbo333

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Nice thread. Those are some stunning metal presses Bimbo. It makes me want to start playing with wood frames again.
Haha, you're too obvious though:)

That Alrak press as I've said above was actually made for a metal racket. The early (were talking 1920's here) Aluminium rackets did warp so needed a press. Otherwise yes all these are indeed for wood rackets.
 

jimbo333

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I forgot this photo, and it will unfortunately be my last metal press photo at the moment. It is another look at the weird and wonderful Wrights press.

 

Huppe

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Rare maybe, but not nonexistent

I've played tennis since 1958 and until today have never seen a metal racket press.

Were they not popular in the US?

As a boy I had hand me down wooden presses with springs and thumb screws. God forbid that our rackets should warp!
Dave
My parents had only the trapezoid, four wingnut kind of press, most everyone did, but I had a metal one similar to the Zephr press, a big X, circa 1980. Can't remember one before that one, and within a few years no one bought them anymore. Never seen an interesting metal one here in the US. I wish we had them, think I'd collect them!
 

retrowagen

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I'm imPRESSed by this thread!

I believe here in the States, presses for wood racquets were by and large wooden assemblies.

And yes, 'Birmal' is short for Birmingham Aluminum Limited, the manufacturer of that early metal frame (amongst other things).
 

coachrick

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I'm imPRESSed by this thread!

I believe here in the States, presses for wood racquets were by and large wooden assemblies.

And yes, 'Birmal' is short for Birmingham Aluminum Limited, the manufacturer of that early metal frame (amongst other things).
While we're mangling names, it bugged the heck out of me when my Dad would pronounce Aluminium that way. I later realized that HIS father likely pronounced and spelled it that way, given his lifespan from the late 1800s until the 1930s. Dad was a wee lad when the name was 'officially' changed to Aluminum in the States; but I reckon his dad pronounced it the early/Euro way.

Back to the presses, the Zephyr was quite popular in central South Carolina in the '70s, presumably because of its compact design(that would fit INside many racket covers). We kept them in the shop until the late '70s and I would imagine they were still somewhat popular for a couple more years.
 
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