29 August 2011

Bizarre Bicycle Posters

Vintage Bicycle Posters: Columbia Bicycle
There are hundreds of fantastic bicycle posters from a long history of bicycle adverts out there. So many of them are brilliant. There are, however, some that are just plain weird. Copenhagenize offers you two of the weirdest we have come across.

Above, a poster for Columbia Bicycles from the kinky hand of one C.M. Coolidge in 1895

Vintage Bicycle Posters: La Verité
And here we have more bicycle kinkyness. An artist signing his name as Decam whipped together this poster in 1897 for Caténol Bicycles. We have absolutely no idea what it's about but perhaps we have been given an insight into the sexual life of the artist.

One of our readers - "Kordite" - found this description of the last poster on an auction website:
"Utilizing the allegorical imagery frequently associated with the French proverb "La Verité sort du puits" (The Truth comes out of a well), in which a nude female representing Truth is seen leaping forth from a well, here we are presented with an advertisement for a bicycle chain. Rather than the usual rope-pulley system, a bike-chain like mechanism is depicted behind her as she makes a superstitious hand gesture against bad luck. Apparently, if you use this brand of bicycle chain, you will be protected from all harm -- no lie. "

If you're interested, the starting bid is $1300 at LiveAuctioneers.com


tstreet said...

I don't even pretend to understand this poster but are they trying to sell bike chains?

Mikael said...

I thought so, too, but it is a bicycle brand so I'm not sure.

Andrew said...

Its probably a play on the allegorical painting "la Vérité sortant du puits" by Edouard Debat-Ponsan... google should throw it up...

weekilter said...

What would really be weird is a bicycle poster with a fish to counteract the saying "like a fish needs a bicycle."

Anonymous said...

It's an allegory to the french proverb "the truth is naked and is hidden at the bottom of a well." Édouard Debat-Ponsan did a famous painting showing the naked truth (in the form of a woman) climbing out of a well: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:La_V%C3%A9rit%C3%A9_sortant_du_puits.jpg

The text on the poster says: "the truth supports Caténol bikes"