Print: Unknown - possibly a stone lithography (Print by Imprimerie Narbonnaise)
Dimensions: 23.2 x 12.6 in (59 x 32 cm)
Condition: Good condition - signs of handling/usage, minor marks and an area with traces of glue (lower left side). Overall in good vintage condition - please see pictures.
A great original French bicycle advertisement made sometimes in the late 1800s.
The poster displays a beautiful French lady in contemporary outfit. It is very likely that the dress was made for female bicycling as many other dresses from that period made it impossible to ride a bike.
During the late 1800s it was widely debated in Europe (among men) if females where allowed to bike at all. This has something to do with the way you sit on a bike even going on horseback riding or "ride like a man" was considered inappropriate. However, this advertisement seems like it is aimed towards woman which is a bit unusual.
One more thing: you can even see that the woman on the advertisement has picked up some flowers which illustrates the "new" mobility for females. Now everyone is able to go to the nature and pick up some nice flowers.
All in all this is not just a nice wall decor - it is also a story of the woman and the bicycle.
Please note: the cardboard sign has two holes in the top made for hanging on the wall.
Thanks for watching and please let me know if you have any questions.
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