This is an example of a BSA Bantam. This make is probably the most well-known motorcycle that the Post Office used. They were used for both telegraph and letter work. Bantams were first purchased in 1948 and ceased to be produced in 1971.
July 8, 1947: “A symbol of Europe’s plight — A Roman black market in shoes,” was the caption. Postwar Europe, though boosted by the Marshall Plan, faced innumerable challenges in 1947. A lengthy piece by Raymond Aron assessed her situation through the prism of the black market: “Black market activities in Rome have become so widespread that they are now know as ‘free markets’. Although shoes are unrationed in Italy, the black market offers a large selection of army surplus and civilian shoes at a much lower price than those found in the stores.”
Photo: The New York Times