If you history buffs will look at page 10 of Lindsay Brooke's "Triumph Motorcycles: a Century of Passion and Power" you will find a nice, concise, history of the Triumph logo and pictures of three early logos:
One a badge, topped by a crown, from the Coventry factory from 1903-06 (called a shield by Brooke which may be the proper English term.)
The next is a "globe varient" (there were several over the years) from 1923-33 which is a colored world globe over which are the words, "All over the world," and above that the larger word "TRIUMPH" in simple block letters.
The third is what I call a "Rocking R", and have heard called here in the US for years, probably because of the term as applied to cow brands, which Brooke calls a "Swooping R" -- likely because cattle branding and rustlers and all that were sort of a Western US phenomena!! Whatever it was called it was used as early as 1914 and sporadically until 1936 when it became the official logo of Triumph Engineering Co. And used, as I posted earlier, until the demise of the Meridian Triumph operations.
The globe was a MOTORCYCLE logo as early as 1923 and was used as the primary logo through 1933, decades before there were Triumph automobiles. About cars: refering to the globe logo, Brooke writes: "A similar design was used for years by Triumph cars, with the H sporting a tail that underlined the word Triumph."
This is particularly interesting in that Gina's hanky pic by Paul Smith says, clearly, "motorcycles" -- but was apparently the car logo at the time, and I see no evidence anywhere that the back sweeping underlining H was ever used by Triumph in its publicity about motorcycles or on its motorcycles. Strange. (Who was/is "Paul Smith" anyway? Gina, you say he is a "designer." Clothing? Cars? Bikes?)
Anyway, this is a fascinating subject and I'll keep digging through my pile of ancient Triumph artifacts and see what else I can come up with.
[ This message was edited by: mecscc on 2006-05-25 18:23 ]