29 Wonderful Bike Ads From the Golden Age Of Cycling

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For a few brief decades of human history, just before combustion engines and motorcycles and cars burst onto the scene, the bicycle was the most advanced personal land vehicle around. They were wonders of technology and personal style—as these beautiful ads show.

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As Gizmodo continues its Bike Month coverage, take a second to imagine what life was like in a time when the bike was the epitome of technological progress—here are 29 ads for long-list bikes, from the stylish, to the curvy, to the sometimes crazy.

Victor, Victoria bicycles. Overman Wheel Co., 1896. Artist: Will Bradley.

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Orient cycles lead the leaders. Waltham M'f'g' Co., c1890. Artist: Edward Penfield.

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Déesse bicycle, Paris, c1890. Artist: Jean de Paleologue.

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Ride a Stearns and be content / J. Ottmann Lith. Co., Puck Bld'g, N.Y., 1896. Artist: Edward Penfield.

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Victor Bicycles Overman Wheel Co., 1896. Artist: Will Bradley.

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Dayton cycles, France, c1898. Artist: Henry Thiriet.

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Waverley cycles, Paris, 1898. Artist: Alphonse Mucha.

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The Prudent buyer selects the Shirk, the latest, neatest, and lightest bicycle in the world / Ottman, Chic., c1890. Artist: unknown.

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Cycles Clément, Paris, 1898. Artist: Jean de Paleologue.

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Cycles Humber, 1890. Artist: Alfred Choubrac.

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Gladiator cycles, 1880. Artist: unknown.

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Townsend's Limited Cycles. Redditch. England. 1890. Artist: unknown.

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Papillon bicycle by the Société française pour la construction de cycles, 1890. Artist: A. Bonnard.

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American Crescent cycles, 1899. Artist: T. Ramsdell.

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Cycles Decauville, Paris, 1895. Artist: Alfred Choubrac.

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Clément cycles, Paris, 1890. Artist: George Moore.

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Brillant Cycles, 1900. Artist: Raymond Tournon.

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Peugeot, c1880. Artist: Francisco Tamagno.

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Source: Les Silos Médiathèque


Clément, 1896. Artist: Lucien Baylac.

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Cycles Gladiator, c1880. Artist: Unknown.

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Clément, 1896. Artist: Unknown.

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Clément, c1880. Artist: Jean de Paléologue.

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Delizy and Poiret bikes, 1890. Artist: Unknown.

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Le Cyclone, 1892. Artist: Unknown.

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Howe bicycles and tricycles, 1895. Artist: Unknown.

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Cycles de luxe and chainless cycles, 1897. Artist: Unknown.

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Cycles Papillon, c1880. Artist: Certhus.

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Cycles Peugeot, 1895. Artist: Ernest Vulliemin.

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Cycles Perfecta. 1902. Artist: Alphonse Mucha.

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