1955 Race Poster Featuring Coppi and Koblet , by Charles Loupot


This poster is an original first printing, not a reproduction.

The city of Sete, on the Mediterranean coast in Southeast France, was host to its 6th Criterium International on Friday, August 5th, 1955. Headlining the race were the legendary riders Fausto Coppi and Hugo Koblet. This poster was designed by Charles Loupot, one of France’s most important poster artists. This is the only example of this poster we have ever seen.

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.

Year: 1955

Artist: Charles Leupot (1892 – 1962)

Size: 59 x 39 cm (23.25 x 15.25 inches) – Linen Backed Archival Mounting

Printer: Les Ares Atelier Loupot

This is a one of a kind item; please review the photos carefully to determine the condition.

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SKU: Coppi Koblet 1955 Race Poster Category: Tag:


Vintage posters are the original form of advertising. These posters, made to advertise products, were never intended to last; they were hung outdoors, rained on, and eventually torn down or covered up. The early process of stone lithography created beautiful images, but quantities were small; generally, only 2,000 to 3,000 were printed. The examples that have survived are those that were not displayed; they are the extras that didn’t get used.

By the 1950s, posters were being printed using processes much more technologically advanced than labor-intensive stone lithography. Modern Era Posters are crisp, vibrant, and capture the riders at the perfect moment in time. Official race posters have bold color schemes that jump off the wall. From its roots in the second half of the 1800s, contemporary posters continue to tell the ever-evolving story of cycling.


This is a one of a kind item, please review the photos carefully to determine condition.

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Weight 3 lbs