The Menche-Haelterman family was founded on four birds, one of which was "Valere", a Grandson of Desmet-Matthys's 'Klaren'.
A great foundation pigeon of the strain of Desmet-Matthys of Nokere. The "Oude Klaren" was 21 years old when this photograph was taken.
"The Klaren" raced from 1947 - 1952 before being retired to stock. He won a total of 489,499 francs during his racing career, which is equal to 5,320 pounds in English currency, or about $13,300 in American currency of (1987) today.
Pictures and information taken from The History of the Belgian Strains
Part 1 - Second edition - July 1987
by Jules GALLEZ