* Vintage Bicycle Adverts: 1920s – 1950s

Experiencing a bygone age through advertisements of its period is glorious. But nothing beats revisiting the era via the hard saddle, crunchy gears, awkward handlebars and exhilarating ride of on an early 20th century bicycle.

In the immortal words of the advert above:

“Ride a Bike…”


3on1sunbeam

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1920s Cooper

1920scooper

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1920s Triumph Ladies

“Standard Triumph”

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1920s David Rattray & Co Ltd,

11 Murray St & 212 Parliamentary Rd, Glasgow C4

- The Flying Scot

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1920s Ariel Marsh

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1920s Saxon – the Saxon Cycle Co Ltd, 15-19 Arcola St, London E8

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1920s Lucifer

Mestre et Blatge, 46 ave de la Grande-Armee, Paris

1920slucifer

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1920s Raleigh

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1920 Premier

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1920 Centaur

Centaur Co Ltd Coventry

London Depot:

21 Holborn Viaduct, EC1

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1920 Royal Enfield

The Enfield Cycle Co, Redditch

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1920 BSA

1920bsa

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1923 New Hudson

1923newhudsonad

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1923 Manufrance Hirondelle

1923hirondelle.JPG

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1923 Hearn Cycle Company Ltd

254 Gray’s Inn Rd, London WC1

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1923 Palmer Buccaneer Cycle Tyres

The Palmer Tyre LTd,

Shaftesbury Ave, London, WC

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1923 Runwell Popular Bicycles

Runwell Cycle Co (Birmingham) Ltd

Lawson St, Birmingham

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1923 Sunbeam

The New Sunbeam

Light Roadster for Ladies

John Marston Ltd, Sunbeamland, Wolverhampton

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1924 Dunlop

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1924 Selbach

337 Kennington Rd, London SE

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1924 Rudge-Whitworth

1924rudge.JPG

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1925 Mimosa

Manufrance, St Etienne

1925mimosacycle

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1925 Sanpene

1925sanpene

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1927 Automoto

1927automoto-1927

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1928 Raleigh

1928raleigh

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1929 Humber

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cyclerisk

1920-1929

By 1920, the idea of personal transport had really taken off in a big way. The world was now mobilized as never before. In the twenties, prices of all forms of transport were reduced radically. We saw the first £100 car.

Most bicycle manufacturers had also become motorcycle manufacturers. But there were so many different motorcycles on the British market that, by the end of the twenties, many of them had either closed down, merged or were bought by their competitors.

By 1929, bicycles had become a cheap form of transport affordable by the ordinary working class.

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1930s BSA – It’s Time You had a BSA…

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1930s BSA – Get Fit Keep Fit

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1930s Raleigh

1930sraleigh

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1930s James Arrow Ace Lightweight

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1930s Royal Enfield

1937_RE_Firefly_ad.jpg

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1930s Rudge

1938rudge.JPG

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1930s Argyle – Glasgow Cycle Co, 212 St James Rd, Glasgow C4

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1930s Grierson & Graham, 34-36 Church Cres and 21 Whitesands, Dumfries -

Sunbeam, Hercules, New Hudson, Coventry Eagle, Dunelt, James, Rudge Whitworth, BSA, Royal Enfield, Ekswick Hopper, Sun, Triang Juvenile

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1930s Raleigh (India)

1930s_raeigh_ad_india

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1930s Cycling Book of Maintenance

1930scyclingbook

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1932 Automoto

1932-bicyclette-automoto

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1934 Byrrh (French)

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1934 Stormgard

1934Stormgard.JPG

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1934 Hercules “E” Club Model

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1934 Hercules Popular “L”

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1936 Humber

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1936 Three Spires

1936_3spires

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1936 BSA Silver Wings

1936bsasilverwings

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1936 Dunlop

1936dunlop1

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1936 Hobday Brothers/ Capitol Cycles

1936hobday-bros

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1936 Cyclists Map of London

1936londonmap

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1936 Dawes

1936dawes.jpg

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1936 Hercules

1936hercules.JPG

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1936 Aberdale

1936 Aberdale.JPG

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1936 Humber

1936humber.JPG

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1937 Matchless

1937matchless_cycle_ad.jpg

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1937 James

1937james.jpg

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1937 Mochet Velocar

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1938 BSA Sports Tourist
1938bsa_sports_tourist

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1938 Matchless

1937matchless_cycle_ad2.JPG

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1938 Humber

1938 Humber.JPG

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1938 Armstrong and sidecar

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1939 Perry

A.T. Perry Cycle Co, Birmingham

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Cycle Trades of America

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1939 Terrot

1939terrot

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1939 CWS Co-Operative Society

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1940s Dawes

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1940s Currys, Goswell Rd, London

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1946 Jagrose – James Grose Ltd, 379 Euston Rd, Gt. Portland St, London NW1

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Cross Road Drill

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Horse Ale

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1949 Frank Ashby Cycle Accessories

1949frank-ashby

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1950 BSA Golden Wings

1950bsa_goldenwings

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1950s Maico (Germany)

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1950s Columbia

1950scolumbia

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1952 Bicycle Playing Cards

1952cardstandem

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1953 ‘New Look’ BSA

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1953 Humber Clipper

1953 Humber Clipper.JPG

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1953 Sunbeam Olympic

1953 Sunbeam Olympic.JPG

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1953 Armstrong

1953Armstrong.JPG

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1953 Perry Chain

1953perry.JPG

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1953 Phillips

1953phillips_coronation

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1954 Dunelt

1954dunelt

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1958 Swift

1958swift

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1959 Hollywood

1959hollywood

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1959 Temple Cycles

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1959temple2

1959temple3

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