Vintage Bicycles Done Proper :: Corvallis, Oregon
Another passion of mine is print. I spent years employed within the offset print world and although I have since left the industry, I still have ink in my veins.
Cycles and cycling have been documented since their inception and another addition to this blog will be dedicated to the appreciation of cycling in print. I will focus mainly on vintage publications but of course, anything goes a long as timeless beauty and graceful work is showcased.
The first piece I want to share is a Playboy from August, 1971.
This vintage bathroom reading material gives the suave, in-the-know, modern Playboy reader a quick glimpse into the new “Bike Boom” trend hitting the pavement in America. Shown in the pages are a few examples of the newfangled machines one may see cruising around. As you can see below, this small 3 page spread displays a diverse collection of now vintage cycles.
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Great topic, Josh! I also spent a lot of years in a print-related industry, as an art director and graphic designer. I’m really interested vintage bicycle ephemera: print ads, brochures, labels and head badges, etc.
Ahhh yes, those positions would have you deep in the offset printing trenches! I cut my teeth by managing a small print house for a bit then made my way to the advertising/marketing industry as production manager. They are both fascinating positions, although a bit too fast paced for me now.
I have a few more printed pieces I’m excited to show and that will probably happen fairly soon as it’s not every week that I can rejuvenate an entire bicycle. This is my resolution toward keeping the blog content fresh 😉
These are great prints! Some bike stores today replicate vintage designs in producing modern models. ‘Tis surely a great way to relive the past using fresh materials.
The articles really do make you smile, don’t they?! I have some other impressive printed cycling pieces but I just haven’t had the opportunity to reporting on them. Stay tuned though! They are coming!
You bet! Thanks for taking the effort.