Cycles Omnium - Capelli

  • 4088
  • Capelli
  • 27.5” x 39”
  • C 1905
  • $2100
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  • In the 1890s, an "omnium" was a bike race covering many laps around an arena. Even though that jargon was firmly entrenched in the public's mind of the period, you'd certainly never know that this bike's namesake came from grueling endurance tests vis-a-vis the serene placidity of this twilight family outing. Which, in all likelihood was precisely Capelli's point: If a bicycle was built tough enough for demanding athletic competition it was an ideal choice for reliable domestic use by a wealthy family. At the time that this poster was created c1905, the bicycle was starting to feel the oncoming competition that the automobile would become and many bicycle companies increased their advertising to maintain customer loyalty.
    This is an Original Vintage Poster; it is not a reproduction. This poster is conservation mounted, linen backed, and in very good  condition. There has been a minimal amount of professional restoration to the folds and to the margins. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters.