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Original lithographic poster printed in colors, printed by Bourgerie & Cie., Paris, France circa 1902. Condition: Very Fine (A-) very light folds, backed on linen.
Sheet size: 54.75 H. X 39.5 W.
In 1898, the bicycle industry saw the reincarnation of the chainless bicycle. "Sans chaine" implied both a bike without chain and without care. This early, circa 1902 poster promotes the Touricyclette, a two speed, shaft-driven bicycle that won the silver medal in the Technical Time Trials organized by the Touring Club of France (T.F.C.). These time trials (1901-1905) aimed to find the best equipment for the cyclotourists and included the legendary climb up Col du Tourmalet located the central Pyrenees.

The poster depicts the Touricyclette reaching the summit of the Col du Tourmalet. This famous climb is steep in slope and steeped in history. It represents the first climb over 2,000 meters used in a race and, with over 75 appearances in the Tour de France, it is the most difficult climb in that prestigious event. Once used to find the fastest bike, the Col du Tourmalet is now used to find the fastest cyclist.

Not signed but it sure looks like Tamagno's work to me.


Sources: The Cabe Forum , thread commentor Bikephreak, August 2010, www.thecabe.com
The Modern Bicycle by The Commercial Advertiser Association, 1898, google books
Roads to Ride: Col du Tourmalet; The Inner Ring, April 2013, www.inrng.com
Inventory #11309
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