Vintage Bicycle Ads

I’ve been collecting old bike ads for ages but until now, I had no good way to display them. Most of the original ads are small (about five by seven inches) and have yellowed and begun to crack and tear from age (some of the ads are over a century old). Worse, in their as-found condition, printing errors often rendered important as well as interesting details illegible. Through the magic of scanning and Photoshop though, perhaps for the first time, I’m able to present these ads the way the artist intended them: big, bold and bright (and far, far more impressive than the tattered and tarnished originals).

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