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Bettmann, Siegfried (1863–1951), cycle and motor vehicle manufacturer, was born on 18 April 1863 at Nuremberg, Bavaria, youngest of the eleven children of Mayer Bettmann and his third wife, Sophie Weil. Educated in Germany, he taught himself the linguistic skills which enabled him to take up clerical posts throughout ...

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Levinson, Maurice (1911–1984), taxi driver and author, was born at Kishinev, Bessarabia, Russia, on 24 March 1911, son of Mendel Levinson (1891–1918), tailor, and his wife, Rose (1894–1961), seamstress. He left Bessarabia when he was six months old, following an anti-semitic pogrom in which his grandfather was murdered. After traversing ...

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Dorothy Elizabeth Levitt (1882–1922) by Foulsham & Banfield, pubd 1909 © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Levitt, Dorothy Elizabeth (1882–1922), motorist and author, was born Elizabeth Levi at 11 Colvestone Crescent, Hackney, London, on 5 January 1882, the second of three daughters of Jacob Levi (1852–1934) and Julia Raphael (1856–1942). The Levi family was a prosperous and well-established Jewish family. ...

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Levy, Lewis (1785/6–1856), farmer of tolls, was probably born in 1786, but nothing else is known about his early life. Until 1864–5, tolls were levied on the major roads leading into London. The resulting revenue was used to repair and sometimes light the roads, and to service the debts incurred during construction and maintenance work. Collection of the tolls was generally not carried out by the turnpike authorities themselves, but was let by auction. ...