Dorothée Aurélie Marianne Pullinger was born on the 13th of January 1894 in St Aubin, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France.

Thomas Charles Pullinger left Darracq to be works manager at Croissy for Duncan, Superbie et Cie., where he significantly improved the bicycle being built. In addition to bicycles, Duncan, Superbie et Cie attempted to build one of the earliest motorcycles, under licence from Motofahrrad-Fabrik Hildebrand & Wolfmüller in Germany, and sold by D&S as “La Petrolette”. TCP was sent to Munich to bring one back to Paris, causing great public excitement along the route. Pullinger also designed a small car for D&S with a two cylinder horizontal engine, two speeds using friction clutches, a tubular frame and side by side seats for two. Unfortunately “La Petrolette” proved unsuccessful, with problematic hot-tube ignition.

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