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

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

Postby Brucey » 3 Sep 2019, 11:14pm

I'm no art expert but I think this is exactly the sort of thing that would make Picasso either roar with laughter or become apoplectic.

Westinghouse made all sorts of things but I'm not sure bicycles were amongst them (?), so sponsoring the Vuelta seems an odd choice.

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

Postby Brucey » 3 Sep 2019, 11:24pm

it looks to me as if this company perhaps decided to call one of their models 'the $100 Admiral'. Which would have been a smart choice for one season only, I'd imagine; mass production and competition meant that prices for bicycles rapidly fell from those that only the wealthy could afford, to more reasonable amounts. Here they seem to be selling their '$100' models for a much lower price.

Probably one could judge exactly which year this would have been, just from the lady's hat. Is it just me or might she be related to Desperate Dan? Her chin is enormous....

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

Postby Brucey » 3 Sep 2019, 11:36pm

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

Postby Brucey » 3 Sep 2019, 11:40pm

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

Postby Sweep » 4 Sep 2019, 6:27am

Brucey wrote:it looks to me as if this company perhaps decided to call one of their models 'the $100 Admiral'. Which would have been a smart choice for one season only, I'd imagine; mass production and competition meant that prices for bicycles rapidly fell from those that only the wealthy could afford, to more reasonable amounts. Here they seem to be selling their '$100' models for a much lower price.

Probably one could judge exactly which year this would have been, just from the lady's hat. Is it just me or might she be related to Desperate Dan? Her chin is enormous....

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Odd/creepy even looking chap behind her.
Doesn't seem to be experiencing the confidence and joie de vivre that we all know comes from riding a bike.
Sweep

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

Postby Mick F » 4 Sep 2019, 6:58am

Brucey wrote:you don't say what dictionary you used but that definition is well out of date. One of the most prevalent uses of the word 'stockings' is currently in relation to (unisex) 'compression stockings' or 'support stockings', which appear (from the number and type of hits using search engines) to be about three times more commonplace than the equivalent terms 'support socks' and 'compression socks'.
Oxford English Dictionary on my MacBook.
9.1MB on disk
Version 2.2.1
2016

And this.
https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries. ... h/stocking
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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby rfryer » 4 Sep 2019, 7:13am

Sweep wrote:
Brucey wrote:it looks to me as if this company perhaps decided to call one of their models 'the $100 Admiral'. Which would have been a smart choice for one season only, I'd imagine; mass production and competition meant that prices for bicycles rapidly fell from those that only the wealthy could afford, to more reasonable amounts. Here they seem to be selling their '$100' models for a much lower price.

Probably one could judge exactly which year this would have been, just from the lady's hat. Is it just me or might she be related to Desperate Dan? Her chin is enormous....

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Odd/creepy even looking chap behind her.
Doesn't seem to be experiencing the confidence and joie de vivre that we all know comes from riding a bike.

Would you if you were caught wearing those stockings? In public? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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

Postby mattheus » 4 Sep 2019, 12:18pm

Sweep wrote:Image
Odd/creepy even looking chap behind her.
Doesn't seem to be experiencing the confidence and joie de vivre that we all know comes from riding a bike.



The bloke on the right? That's a mannequin you fool!

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

Postby Sweep » 5 Sep 2019, 5:26am

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

Postby Brucey » 5 Sep 2019, 9:18pm

remember the 'Cycles Ouragan' poster from before? This one has a lady and bike in an almost identical posture, so someone's had the tracing paper out...?


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

Postby Brucey » 5 Sep 2019, 9:26pm

eventually Clement stopped making bikes and concentrated on tyres instead, I think.

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

Postby Brucey » 5 Sep 2019, 9:29pm

unfazed by a pursuing horny devil...?

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

Postby Brucey » 5 Sep 2019, 9:32pm

a bike for real clowns?

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

Postby Brucey » 5 Sep 2019, 9:34pm

another classy cyclocross poster, this time from the 1952 worlds

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

Postby Brucey » 5 Sep 2019, 9:36pm

too much absinthe, I reckon...?

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