About Vintage Cycling Poster
For lovers of all things bicycle-related, there can be no finer way of showing your passion around the house than with some good quality cycling posters. Printed from the late 1800s, these items, which are sometimes signed limited editions, have become real collector's items and can be extremely sought after.
There are many different types of poster, ranging from those advertising racing tournaments like the Tour de France to those marketing specific parts or manufacturers, such as Michelin or Schwinn. Three modern names are particularly associated with collectable bicycle art: Paul Cleden, Hugh Ribbans and Andrew Pavitt, however the most collectable tend to be original vintage posters, which can have an art deco, Belle Epoque or pop arty feel. Those by Jules Chéret, for instance, who died in 1932, are highly collectable and archetypically French in style. The size of posters can vary between 51-260cm in height and 61-101cm in width, usually depending on their purpose.
When purchasing a poster, especially older ones, carefully check for wrinkling, folding, rips and fading, as these will all diminish the value of a vintage cycling poster. Also be sure to authenticate them by researching and reading widely as fakes and reprints are common.
If you are aiming to start a collection of your own, it is typical to choose a specific theme or artist to focus on, and purchasing only posters of a given nationality is a common choice. French posters, for instance, tend to be grandiose and romantic in their imagery, with some fun or whimsical elements thrown in, while Dutch posters are simple and uncluttered.