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Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles

Bicycles became vastly popular in the late 19th century and paved the way (sorry!) for automobiles by creating a population that wanted good, smooth, hard-surfaced roads and plenty of them. Motorcycles were an adaption that combined the best and worst of the two. And then there were motorbikes, and scooters, and any motorized conveyance that could spring full-blown from the head of the American backyard inventor.


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Published in an 1897 issue of OUTING. Artist: Source: eBay seller papermerchant Restoration by: magscanner
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Magazine Art: Bicycle Parts & Accessories
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Ad for Fauber Hangers, line of sprockets etc. Published in the May 13, 1899 issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN.
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Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles
- Will H. Bradley
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Advertisement for Victor Bicycles, from the February, 1896 issue of HARPER'S MONTHLY. An astonishing piece of Art Nouveau, and one that has found its way to posters. Artist: Will H. Bradley Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: magscanner
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Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles
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Unusual shaft-driven design, regular picture of bicycling couple on their two-speed-geared, Pope chainless bicycles. From a 1904 issue of the BOOKLOVER'S MAGAZINE. Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: Mariangela Buch
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Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles
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Traffic jam on the bikeway! What shall I ride? The Columbia Chainless. Art catalog of Columbia bicycles sent to any address for one 2-cent stamp. Published in an 1898 issue of McCLURE'S. Artist: Source: eBay seller dhtvl Restoration by: magscanner
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Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles
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Woman shown riding happily through falling rain, as birds swoop merrily around her. Spring showers have no terror for the rider of the Columbia bevel-gear chainless bicycle. No chair or guard to catch the skirts. Published in an 1898 issue of McCLURE'S. Artist: Source: eBay seller dhtvl Restoration by: magscanner
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Published in a 1903 issue of the CYCLE AND AUTOMOBILE TRADE JOURNAL. Artist: Source: eBay seller papermerchant Restoration by: magscanner
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Magazine Art: Bicycle Parts & Accessories
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Ad for Hickory Wheels (i.e. Bicycles). "This is a wooden age," we are told, in this ad from CENTURY MAGAZINE in 1894.
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Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles
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From the Jenkins Cycle Co. of Chicago, the "Napoleon" for men and the "Josephine" for women. Illustrated by a bust of Nappie and a drawing of a bike. Published in an unidentified magazine in 1896. Artist: Source: eBay sellers Restoration by: Mariangela Buch
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Bicycles and Motorcycles, Bicycles, France, empire, style, fashion
Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles
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Ad for Columbia Bicycles, with extensive filigree work. Published in COSMOPOLITAN in 1894.
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Boy watches cowboy waving his hat in the air. All real fellows call their Goodrich Tires "Humdingers." Nearly puncture-proof. Published in the June, 1923 issue of AMERICAN BOY. Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Bicycles and Motorcycles, Bicycle Parts and Accessories, tough,...
Magazine Art: Bicycle Parts & Accessories
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View Halloo! Old Fox never expected this. Tough tread tire is practically puncture proof, and this guy leads the hounds through the tube after the Fox to prove it. Published in an 1898 issue of McCLURE'S. Artist: Source: eBay seller dhtvl Restoration by: magscanner
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Ad for Gormully and Jeffery Bicycle Tires, from the February, 1896 issue of HARPER'S MONTHLY. Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: magscanner
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Published in an 1897 issue of OUTING. Artist: Source: eBay seller papermerchant Restoration by: magscanner
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Page containing ads for Winton, Monarch, and Tribune bicycles, and for Imperial wheels made by Ames & Frost Co. Published in an 1897 issue of McCLURE'S MAGAZINE.
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Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles
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Man in uniform, delivering a package on his motocycle, stops to ask a fisher lad the way; "The way is pointed to the Indian Rider." Hendee Manufacturing, of Springfield, Massachusetts. Published in an unidentified 1915 magazine issue. Artist: Source: eBay sellers Restoration by: Mariangela Buch
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Magazine Art: Motorcycles
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All roads like alike to the Excelsior: San, mud, cobblestones -- up hill or down -- every road is easy to the Excelsior rider. Its Kumfort Kushion...and there we lost the thread. Nice picture, too many words. You can ride it even in your business clothes. From the April 20, 1912 issue of the SATURDAY EVENING POST. Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: Mariangela Buch
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Bicycles and Motorcycles, Motorcycles, motorcycle, motorbike, clean
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Ad for Rambler Bicycles, published in COSMOPOLITAN in 1901. That's college for you.
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Ad for Monarch Bicycles, published in MUNSEY'S MAGAZINE in 1898. Jessie Bartlett Davis (September 1859 – May 14, 1905) was an American operatic singer and actress from Morris, Illinois, who was billed as "America's Representative Contralto" [Wikipedia]. This is an early example of a celebrity endorsement, though we have every reason to believe she actually rode bicycles: Here she is, riding. No artist's signature discernable.
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Two buddies out in the three-wheeler, a Harley with sidecar, on top of the world. Can you beat that, Bob? Climb that hill! Published in the March, 1921 issue of SCIENCE AND INVENTION. Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Bicycles and Motorcycles, Motorcycles, touring, trails, paths
Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles
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Ad for Victor Bicycles, which are standard value, and will not be discounted. Published in an unidentified magazine in 1894.
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Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles
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Come On, Scouts -- Who'll be first in your town to learn the advantages of organizing an Evans Power-Cycle Squad. Electrically equipped motor, 165 miles on a gallon of gasoline. Published in the June, 1923 issue of AMERICAN BOY Artist: Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
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Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles
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Built with cushioned frames to keep the jarring of the road from getting to you. As shown. Published in the March 3, 1904 issue of LIFE, the Humor Magazine. Artist: CH Source: Tom Harris, on eBay as tabasco_life Restoration by: magscanner
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Couple happily riding, and in the background a country road with village girl and her dog. Get Columbia either chained or bevel-gear chainless models, with hub or tire coaster brakes only five dollars extra. Published in the April 25, 1901 issue of THE YOUTH'S COMPANION. Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
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Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles
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Factory to rider, from the Mead Cycle Company. Children watch excitedly as bicycle looms large. Published in the June, 1923 issue of AMERICAN BOY. Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
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Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles
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Ad for Rambler Bicycles, showing a variety of available models and styles, published in MUNSEY'S MAGAZINE in 1898.
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Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles
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Published in a 1903 issue of the CYCLE AND AUTOMOBILE TRADE JOURNAL. Artist: Source: eBay seller papermerchant Restoration by: magscanner
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Published in an 1897 issue of OUTING. Artist: Source: eBay seller papermerchant Restoration by: magscanner
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Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles
- C. A. Musselman
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Mercury, his foot entangled in a bicycle chain, has trouble keeping up with the Grand Rapids Clipper. Note they sell chainless Bevel-Geared Business Bicycles, so the emphasis on the chain in the image is odd. Published in the January, 1896 issue of BLACK CAT. Artist: C. A. Musselman Source: Scrimbab Restoration by: magscanner
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Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles
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Interesting design with layout intended to resemble a religious experience: church triptych of customers and text, overlying a bicycle glowing in the light from heaven above. Published in the April 25, 1901 issue of THE YOUTH'S COMPANION. Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Bicycles and Motorcycles, Bicycles, happiness, fulfillment, travel
Something new / Puncture Proof / self-healing pneumatic bicycle tires. Nails, tacks, glass, etc. will not let the air out. One pair for only $4.75, which was a gigantic amount of money in 1901. Still, have we lost the technology to make these??!? Published in the April 25, 1901 issue of THE YOUTH'S COMPANION. Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
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Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles
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Ad for a tricycle model of Columbia Tandem Bicycles, from the June, 1888 issue of HARPER'S MONTHLY. Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: magscanner
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Ad for Columbia Bicycles, with classical themes of winged messengers, published in an 1897 issue of McCLURE'S MAGAZINE.
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Advertisement for Columbia Bicycles, from the February, 1896 issue of HARPER'S MONTHLY. Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: magscanner
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Too old for cycling? Not at all! Tinkham Tricycles accomodate people to whom the bicycle does not appeal -- the elderly, nervous, less venturesome. Safe and easily operated. The tricycle is shown here in a static resting shot, clearly not heading off at speed for disaster, and not falling down, either. Published in the April 25, 1901 issue of THE YOUTH'S COMPANION. Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
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Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles
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The Truss does it, makes the "America" bicycle as stiff as one solid piece of steel. We own the patent. International Mfg. Co., Chicago. Published in an unidentified magazine in 1896. Artist: Source: eBay sellers Restoration by: Mariangela Buch
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Bicycles and Motorcycles, Bicycles, bike, strength, frame,...
Magazine Art: Bicycle Parts & Accessories
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Buy and bicycle or build it; repair it; add on it; or dress for the occasion.
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Let's try that trail, Kate. It's a steep grade but we can make it. Take your babe out for a spin in the sidecar! Published in the February, 1921 issue of issue of SCIENCE AND INVENTION. Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
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Early ad for the Indian "Motocycle" with all walks of life (so to speak) riding, and 33% of all motorcycles in America the Indian brand. Ah, for the lost tradition. From the April 20, 1912 issue of the SATURDAY EVENING POST. Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: Mariangela Buch
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Bicycles and Motorcycles, Motorcycles, models, careers, uses, types,...
Magazine Art: Bicycles & Motorcycles
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Proclaiming itself to be a work of art, but imaginatively a face with eyeglasses looking out at you like a cartoon character. $50 / $50. Published in an 1898 issue of McCLURE'S. Artist: Source: eBay seller dhtvl Restoration by: magscanner
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Ad for Hartford Bicycles, published in 1894 in CENTURY MAGAZINE.
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Ad for Columbia Bicycles, giving the history of bicycling (!). Published in an 1894 issue of CENTURY MAGAZINE.
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Magazine Art: Motorcycles
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I'll bet she's hot in town, Bill. I'm gladn I ain't one of those wilted collar guys cooped up in the city this month. Let's go camping with a Harley. Published in the August, 1921 issue SCIENCE AND INVENTION. Artist: Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
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Ad for Victor Bicycles, from an 1894 issue of CENTURY MAGAZINE.
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Happy couple cycling down a country lane: Ride Out into the Country and enjoy freedom from care and worry. Center driven chainless bicycles etc. etc. Published in the April 25, 1901 issue of THE YOUTH'S COMPANION. Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Bicycles and Motorcycles, Bicycles, joy, health, countryside
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Man and woman hold up circular seal with lion's head mostly hidden by large letters of the product name. An hour awheel with nature is the best tonic for the busy business man. Published in the April 25, 1901 issue of THE YOUTH'S COMPANION. Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Bicycles and Motorcycles, Bicycles, health, happiness, romance