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This poster is an original first printing, not a reproduction.
This poster, drawn by the famous poster artist Misti in a distinct Art Nouveau style, announced the 1907 Stayer Races (demi-fond) at the fabled Longchamps Velodrome in Nantes, France. Joe Folger, the great American 6-day champion headlined the race bill. This poster is one of the few that includes either images or names of American races.
The Longchamps Velodrome was inaugurated in 1897 and packed a tremendous amount of history in its tenure that lasted less than 20 years. It was a large track, some 400 meters, and was ideal for stayer racing. Crowds exceeding 8,000 people were the norm at this very fast track. In addition to track racing, the track has a wonderful connection to the first Tour de France. In the inaugural running of the Tour in 1903, the velodrome hosted the finish of the penultimate Stage 5 which saw Maurice Garin win his 2nd of 3 stages and further cement his position on the way to winning the Tour de France in Paris the following stage.
After the first World War, the velodrome was in a ruinous state. It was ultimately replaced by a school and house. Today, the street rue du Vélodrome-de-Longchamp remains as the testament to the once-great velodrome.
This poster has been archivally and professionally linen backed. Virtually all original vintage posters of this era were viewed as temporary advertising and were printed on very thin paper. While expensive, linen backing is a conservation method used to mount, stabilize, preserve and protect vintage posters so they can be displayed or framed without compromising value.
Size: 116 x 158 cm ( 45.6 x 62.2 inches)
This is a one of a kind item; please review the photos carefully to determine the condition.
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