Henri Contenet, Au Velodrome d’Hiver


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

Henri Contenet reigned as one of the top stayer riders of his era. Between 1902 and 1908 he medaled at the European Championships as well as at the French National Championships. He broke the hour record in 1904 at the Buffalo Velodrome in Paris. Winning the world championships in 1903 was followed with three more medals, all bronze, between 1904-1908. This striking poster celebrates his track hour record at the fabled Vel’ d’Hiv’ (winter velodrome) in Paris.

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: c. early 1900s

Artist: N/A

Size: 34.5 x 73 cm (13.5 x 28.75 inches) – Linen Backed Archival Mounting

Condition: Linen-Backed

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

Out of stock


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.

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs