* Vintage Bicycle Adverts: 1800s

 

 

These ads are of varying quality. But I’m hoping they’ll start a database of bicycle models so at least you’ll have some reference point if you need to identify your cycle, as well as providing a brief review of the first 75 years or so of bicycle design.

When I buy an old vehicle, the first thing I do is try to find literature about it. The internet has been an invaluable aid in such searches. Nevertheless, unlike vintage motorcycles and cyclemotors, where such information is more freely available, veteran and vintage bicycle stuff is much harder to find. That’s how this website started. For a long time, I’ve been tripping over the vintage magazines piled up around me that are waiting to be scanned and added to this website. Scanning and uploading is a slow and tedious process. Especially as I keep buying more magazines with information and images to add! Nevertheless, bit by bit, they’re finding their way onto this particular little spot in cyberspace.

I can not guarantee the dates I’ve added, as they’re often dependent on information I’ve received. This is a non-commercial website. I work on it every day to add further images and update information.

Finally, broadband speeds should allow the images to load reasonably fast, but please bear in mind that image-based websites such as this can sometimes take a while to load a page full of pictures. Enjoy :)

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1889 Swift Safety – American advert:

Coventry Machinist Co Ltd,

239 Columbus Ave, Boston, USA

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1889 Victor Cycles

Overman Wheel Co, Boston, Mass, USA

 

 

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1892 Victor Bicycles

1892xmas.jpg

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1893 Columbia

Pope Mfg Co

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1893 Columbia Warranty

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1893 Winton

1893winton

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1894 Crescent

1894crescent

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1894 Victor

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1894 Manège Central

4 rue Buffault, Faubourg, Montmartre

1894manege-central

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1895 Pope Columbia Bicycles

1895pope.JPG

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1896 Winton

The Winton Bicycle Co,

130 Perkins Ave, Cleveland Ohio

1896wintonad

 

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1896 Alfred Day

1896.JPG

 

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1896 Wolff

R.H Wolff & Co Ltd, foot E. 118th St, New York

1896wolff

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1897 Hoare & Sons,

Central House, High Holborn, London

1897hoare

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1897 Townend Cycle

The New Townend Bros Ltd, Coventry

Also

The Trent Cycle Co Ltd

Long Eaton

1897townend

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1897 Cycledom Ltd

52-55 Blackfriars Road S.E. / 124 Kings Road, Sloane Square, London

cycledom

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1897 Grove Cycling Club, Wandsworth, London

Secretary & Treasurer: H. Ball, 43 Fullerton Rd

1897grove-cc1

1897grove-cc2

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1897 Waverley Belle

The Bar Lock Typewriter Co Ltd,

12 & 14 Queen Victoria St, London E.C

1897waverley

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1897 John Piggott Honesty Cycles

117 & 118 Cheapside & Milk St, London

1897piggott-copy2

1897piggott-copy

 

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1897: Vigor, 21 Baker St. London
1897ourlittleones.JPG

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1897 Ariel Cycles

The John Griffiths Cycle Corporation Ltd,

Oriel House, Coventry

118 Newgate St, London E.C

1897ariel1

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1897 Bamboo Cycle Co

1897bamboo

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1897 The Sterling Bicycle

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1897 Woodstock Tyres

The Birmingham Pneumatic Tyre Syndicate Ltd,

New Fleetwood Works, Coventry

1897woodstocktyres

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1897 Bee-Bee and Britannia Cycles

Bagshawe Bros & Co

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1897 The Royal Westminsters

J. Rickard, Westminster Cycle Works, Kennington, London S.E

1897royalwestminster-copy

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1897: The ‘Black Watch’ Regiment have chosen

Sparkbrook Cycles

The Sparkbrook Manufacturing Co Ltd, Coventry

1897sparkbrook

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1898 Baker

W.G Baker, Dept 60, Springfield, Mass.

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1898 Griffiths

The John Griffiths Cycle Corp Ltd

PARIS – 45 ave de le Grande Armee

1898griffiths

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1898 Morgan Cycles

Sandgate Weekly News (Kent), Saturday July 23rd 1898

 

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1898 Longly’s Cycle Depot – Acetane Cycles

Sandgate Weekly News 1898

 

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1898 The Pathfinder – Diamond Frame – for Young Men

The Dorothy – Drop Frame – for Ladies Young or Old

 

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1898 The Pathfinder – Youth’s Advance Bicycle

Maiden’s Favourite Bicycle

 

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1898 Whiteley’s Kildare Club Cycles

Wm Whiteley Ltd, Queen’s Rd, London, W

whiteleys-copy

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1899 Ch. Gras Bicycles, Dijon

1899bicycle.jpg

 

 

 

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1899 Imperial

 

 

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1890s Humber

32 Holborn Viaduct, London, E.C

1890s_humber1

1890s_humber2

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1890s Overman Victor
1890s_overman_victor

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1890s Stanley Show Poster

1890s_stanley1

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Carters Rotary Hand Tricycle

New Cavendish St & Great Portland St

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