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Lovely vintage bicycle ads! And look, women on bikes!

See A Bygone Era in Bicycle Advertising

And Old Bicycle Ads Bring Back A Bygone Era

Jim Langley writes,

They cost next to nothing. They’re easily found. They’re not held in high esteem by other two-wheel junkies. Yet, to this collector, they’re among the most interesting of bicycle artifacts. What attracts me to early (from the 1880s to the 1940s) print bicycle advertising is the way the artists and copywriters romanticized bicycling. It was a tall order, especially after 1890, when cycling boomed big time. According to G. Donald Adams’ Collecting and Restoring Antique Bicycles, between the years of 1890 to 1918 there were 2,100 brands of bicycles sold in America alone.”

I’m struck by how happy everyone looks and how romantic cycling seems. And all the women. Wow.


1937 Elswick Ad

Lancashire & Yorkshire Railways 1901


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