Cycling History

Classic ‘Race’ Posters

I love old cycling posters. They capture something that seems missing in today’s multimedia always online world. Perhaps its because they portray a past that didn’t really exist, a golden age of cycle racing where Olympian ideals of fair play held sway. Perhaps it’s because I have a greater appreciation for art that’s produced manually with pen and brush, ink and paint, than I have for digital images manipulated by software. Mainly it’s just because I like the imagery. Here are a few of my favourites.

Diamant cycles advert celebrating Maurice Garin's Paris-Brest-Paris victory, 1901

Diamant cycles advert celebrating Maurice Garin’s Paris-Brest-Paris victory, 1901

Meteore cycles advert celebrating the 1925 Tour de France

Meteore cycles advert celebrating the 1925 Tour de France

1927 Tour de France poster

1927 Tour de France poster

1936 Tour de France poster

1936 Tour de France poster

Vuelta Ciclista a Cataluna poster 1943

Vuelta Ciclista a Cataluna poster 1943

Vuelta Ciclista a Cataluna poster 1944

Vuelta Ciclista a Cataluna poster 1944

Vuelta Ciclista a Cataluna poster 1951

Vuelta Ciclista a Cataluna poster 1951

Cyclo-Cross World Championships poster 1952

Cyclo-Cross World Championships poster 1952

Peace race poster 1954

Peace race poster 1954

Championship of Spain poster 1957

Championship of Spain poster 1957

Peace Race poster 1959

Peace Race poster 1959

Cycling World Championships poster 1962

Cycling World Championships poster 1962

Cycling World Championships poster 1962

Cycling World Championships poster 1962

Vuelta a Espana poster 1965

Vuelta a Espana poster 1965

Cylco-Cross World Championships poster 1965

Cylco-Cross World Championships poster 1965

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