[CR]Introduction of Centre Pull Brakes?

From: "P.C. Kohler" <kohl57@starpower.net>
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Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 21:44:42 -0500
Subject: [CR]Introduction of Centre Pull Brakes?

When were centre pull brakes introduced? I mean of the sort we associate with Mafac "Tiger" or "Racer". Or indeed were Mafac the first? Photos I've seen of the TdF shows sidepulls in 1954 but centre pulls (as on Bobet's own branded machine that year) the next year.

Peter Kohler
Washington DC USA