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2021年7月31日 (土)

Maruishi Fender Ornament (Kangaroo) Part 2

次回この記事の日本語版を投稿します。

In the previous post Maruishi Fender Ornament (Kangaroo)Part 1 we took a look at Premier Cycle Co, Ltd., which I surmise is the origin of the kangaroo trademark used by Maruishi.  As we shall see in the next couple of installments, this appears to be correct.

Here we have two very similar Premier Cycle guarantee medals.

1. Premier Cycle, manufactured by A.J.C. Mfg. Co.
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2. Premier Cycle, manufactured by Maruishi Co.
Very similar indeed, but besides the obvious shape and materials there are a couple of subtle differences.
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In the first the kangaroo is poised with its arms out in front as if boxing.
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In the second, the kangaroo is standing more upright with arms at its sides as if standing at attention.Kangaroo-2

The second also has a Greek olive wreath, also known as a kotinos.  In modern Olympic Games, medals are awarded to winners; however, in ancient Olympic Games winners were awarded a kotinos.  So the olive wreath is synonymous with champion.

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Keep in mind, my theory is that the origin of the kangaroo trademark dates back to 1884 when Hillman Herbert & Cooper, a company in Coventry England, made a dwarf ordinary and named it the Kangaroo.  In 1892 the company changed its name to Premier Cycle Co. Ltd., but retained the kangaroo as its logo.  Now, Maruishi Shokai's roots date back to 1907.  The company manufactured Premier models using a kangaroo as its trademark. Thus, I surmise that at some point in the early part of Maruishi's long history it likely dealt with Premier Cycle Co. Ltd., as both companies use a similar kangaroo standing erect. And, as we shall see in the next post, that point in time was when A.J.C. Mfg. Co. imported and later manufactured Premier models here in Japan.

 

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