1952 Tour of Algeria, Alcyon Bicycles


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

This beautiful mid-century poster celebrates the victories of Vincent Vitetta & Dominique Forlini on Alcyon bikes.   Alcyon proudly proclaims victory at the Tour of Algeria and Grand Prix de Nice due to conscientious manufacturing first and foremost.

French cycling company, Alcyon, was founded in the 1890s by Edmond Gentil.  Alcyon went on to sponsor a cycling team from 1905 until 1962.  The team won many Tour de France titles and had such legends as Gustave Garrigou, Odile Defraye, Nicholas Frantz  & Georges Speicher, just to name a few, on their elite roster.

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: 1952

Size: 40 x 60 cm ( 15.75 x 23.5 inches)

Condition: B.  Linen-backed

Printer: Affiches Gaillard, Paris

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

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SKU: ZXT-1061 Category:


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 stone lithography process 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 the condition.

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Weight 3 lbs