At the end of the 19th Century the bicycle was the growing mode of transportation for most people. Faced with the oncoming interest in the newly invented automobile, bicycle companies made effective use of the poster medium to promote their products. In this image we see the well dressed cyclist navigating the trip from Russia to France using his Cycles Rudge. The poster declares - "Sans Rivale", without rival.
David Rudge started his cycle company in England in the 1860's. After his death in 1880 the company continued in the hands of new owners who grew the company. In 1894 after the death of its owner George Woodcock, the company was purchased by Whitworth Cycle Co. to form Rudge Whitworth Ltd. The Rudge name was seen on a number of French posters of the era as it was sold in France as well as England.
This is an Original Vintage Poster; it is not a reproduction. This poster is conservation mounted and linen backed. It is in good condition after professional restoration to the edges and body of the poster. This poster will present very well after framing. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters.