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  1. The Plymouth automobile was first introduced in the United States on July 7th 1928, with the company crest featuring a rear view of the Mayflower ship. 

    The original inspiration for the company name derived from Plymouth binder twine, produced by the Plymouth Cordage Company based in Plymouth Massachusetts; the landing spot of the Mayflower in 1620.

    The historical significance of the name Plymouth, combined with the popularity of the car – due in part to the popularity of the twine among farmers – inspired the naming of multiple cities, towns and townships throughout the United States, of which – according to the 2012 American Community Survey – there are thirty such examples of Plymouths.

    The Mayflower West Car Park on Mayflower Street provided a suitable contextual space in which to display extracts from the photographic collection 30 Plymouths, on a site soon to become a bus terminus, further alluding to notions of arrival, departure and transience for which Plymouth is inherently defined.