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

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

Postby Brucey » 6 Dec 2019, 9:33pm

Jessie Bartlett Davies (1860-1905) was an operatic singer, actress and Broadway star. Endorsing bikes was presumably a lucrative sideline.

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

Postby drossall » 6 Dec 2019, 9:44pm

Brucey wrote:in the early days of popular cycling, 'riding schools' were required

As a Christmas present last year, I got a reprint of a book from those days. They used to teach tricks and stunts that we would think quite extreme!

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

Postby Brucey » 7 Dec 2019, 10:53am

I wonder, do kids still dream of a bike for Christmas? Or do they dream of the latest electronic gadget instead?

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

Postby rotavator » 29 Jan 2020, 6:41pm

Some rather nice Toulouse Lautrec posters here:
https://www.cyclist.co.uk/news/7672/vintage-cycling-posters#6

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

Postby Sweep » 30 Jan 2020, 5:31pm

rotavator wrote:Some rather nice Toulouse Lautrec posters here:
https://www.cyclist.co.uk/news/7672/vintage-cycling-posters#6


If memory serves one of those was sketched in the oh so glamourous Catford, south east London.
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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Brucey » 27 Feb 2020, 1:25am

Ever Ready lights/batteries

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Presumably the batteries didn't look prominent enough in the copy, so I think they changed the relative sizes of the batteries and lights. To my eye, as drawn, it looks like the No.800 battery is too big to fit inside the front light.

I could never work out if Ever Ready were really intending to make money by selling lots of batteries or lots of lights. Given that you could get lower wattage bulbs for the lights (which seemed to work just as well), I rather suspected the former.

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

Postby Brucey » 27 Feb 2020, 1:42am

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12 hours light? IME this was optimistic; the chances of the thing working for as long as 12 hours without developing yet another intermittent contact or the bulb blowing (again) were pretty slim.

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

Postby francovendee » 27 Feb 2020, 8:45am

Oh the days of Ever Ready lamps. Often when you needed to use one it didn't work. Open it up and you'd find an 'orrible mess from the leaky batteries

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

Postby Sweep » 27 Feb 2020, 9:05am

francovendee wrote:Oh the days of Ever Ready lamps. Often when you needed to use one it didn't work. Open it up and you'd find an 'orrible mess from the leaky batteries

Yes, was there ever anything so badly designed?
Surely foreign folks didn't have to put up with such junk? Or didn't they ride in the dark?
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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby Oldjohnw » 27 Feb 2020, 3:27pm

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

Postby Mike Sales » 27 Feb 2020, 3:33pm

Sweep wrote:
francovendee wrote:Oh the days of Ever Ready lamps. Often when you needed to use one it didn't work. Open it up and you'd find an 'orrible mess from the leaky batteries

Yes, was there ever anything so badly designed?
Surely foreign folks didn't have to put up with such junk? Or didn't they ride in the dark?


The French Pile Wonder lamps were pretty ropey.
Are not dynamo lights the rule in countries where cycling as transport is taken seriously?

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

Postby 9494arnold » 27 Feb 2020, 6:50pm

You can get the Howe one as a Shower Curtain.
Honest.

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

Postby Nebulous » 27 Feb 2020, 9:13pm

No idea what she's advertising, but put me down for half a dozen.

BTW Recognise her?
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Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Postby drossall » 27 Feb 2020, 10:12pm

Oldjohnw wrote:https://www.bmstores.co.uk/products/eveready-rechargeable-bike-lights-2pk-349098

They are called "Professional series". With a few honorable exceptions, sports equipment called "Professional" should not be touched even by a beginner. Not a good start.

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

Postby drossall » 27 Feb 2020, 10:13pm

Mike Sales wrote:
Sweep wrote:
francovendee wrote:Oh the days of Ever Ready lamps. Often when you needed to use one it didn't work. Open it up and you'd find an 'orrible mess from the leaky batteries

The French Pile Wonder lamps were pretty ropey.

Most people I knew ended up buying Wonder because Ever Ready never were.