In 1964 they were available in solids, checkerboards, irridescent, and stripes. See the Reliable Cycles catalog page:
and look for page 25 "GEM bar wrap"
if that link doesn't work, go to
visit album "email@example.com"
goto "bike parts catalogue"
and look for page 25.
> Hi folks,
> In digging around the back room of a LBS, I came across a couple
> of boxes of some old-lookin' "GEM" brand English-made handlebar tape.
> It appears to be made of vinyl, and I thought it may be cool on an older
> English bike. Is anyone familiar with this stuff, and anyone know the
> vintage? http://www.duane.kennard.com/gemtape/gemtape1.jpg
> http://www.duane.kennard.com/gemtape/gemtape2.jpg As always,
> thanks for your help! Cheers,
> Duane Kennard