Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Brucey » 9 Aug 2019, 8:40am

around the time when this ad was penned, coca cola contained cocaine, Morphine was an over-the-counter 'non addictive' cough medicine, and Absinthe rotted your brain as well as your guts. No wonder that folk such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle believed in fairies; he probably saw them on a daily basis, as presumably did the artist here

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Sweep » 9 Aug 2019, 8:46am

Wonderful brucey.
Look forward to more if you have any.
Love the graphics and some fine examples of advertising ****s

As a technician I trust you can tell us what:

Bonderised BTM tubing

Is in that Healing advert.
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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Brucey » 9 Aug 2019, 8:55am

BTM is a mystery to me but bonderising is one name for a phosphate treatment. For many years all Raleigh framesets (amongst others) were phosphate treated, and this helped to slow down internal frame corrosion.

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Mick F » 9 Aug 2019, 9:02am

Royal Enfield Bicycle ............... made like a gun. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Brucey » 9 Aug 2019, 9:07am

getting a smiling Joan Crawford to swing a leg over one of their machines (in an ad intended to appeal to, uh, 'impressionable' teenage boys...) would be about equivalent to having, say, Scarlett Johansson do so in more recent times...

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Brucey » 9 Aug 2019, 9:13am

reohn2 wrote:Sex sells and the French really knew how to sell :wink:


more here (may offend some folk, but interesting discussion)

https://cyclehistory.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/women-in-cycling-advertising-part-1-sex-sells/

and here it is more about selling to women (than using women to sell to men)

https://cyclehistory.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/women-in-cycling-advertising-pt-2-its-all-about-the-bike-jersey-shorts/

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby bagpussctc » 9 Aug 2019, 9:26am

Not an advert but a lithograph print from volume one of " Cycling " 1891.
Image"Cycling" 1891.E Dangerfield by rebalrid, on Flickr

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby bagpussctc » 9 Aug 2019, 9:36am

1948 "Claud Butler " cover .
ImageClaud Butler . 1948 . by rebalrid, on Flickr

Talking of covers.
ImageClassic add by rebalrid, on Flickr

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Oldjohnw » 9 Aug 2019, 9:45am

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A couple I saw and rather badly photographed. On the wall above the urinal in the gents' toilets..
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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Brucey » 9 Aug 2019, 9:55am

the cycle traders of America presumably paid the scouts for their endorsement here? What on earth would Baden-Powell have made of it?

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 9 Aug 2019, 10:26am

Hi,
de dion, Unbelievable simplicity.
My first four wheeled vehicle had one in a very basic form.(Rear axle)
Superb handling Of a sub 700 kg truck and no roll-bars :)

luv Those posters keep them coming.
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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Brucey » 9 Aug 2019, 10:35am

and you thought the 'stupid bloke/smug woman' ad was a recent idea....? Still didn't make shaft drive (here 'chainless bike') any good though....

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Sweep » 9 Aug 2019, 11:06am

Mick F wrote:Royal Enfield Bicycle ............... made like a gun. :lol: :lol: :lol:


ah yes :)

was going to comment on that.

I trust the comprehensive user manual told you where the safety catch was.
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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Mike Sales » 9 Aug 2019, 11:10am

Mick F wrote:Royal Enfield Bicycle ............... made like a gun. :lol: :lol: :lol:


And of course BSA stands for Birmingham Small Arms.
I guess the engineering skills must be similar.

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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby georgew » 9 Aug 2019, 11:26am

Great thread Brucey.......some images from the French competitions for French bicycle builders way back then would be pretty special. Some were beautiful machines and deserve to be more widely seen, though I'm aware that they do feature in an expensive book I've seen.