Friday, 10 September 2010
The Need for Speed
This is a postcard of a poster from the 1920s from the manufacturer Terrot. They manufactured both bicycles and motor bikes and their posters always accentuated the freedom of two wheels, travel and tourism. More of Terrot's posters here
Terrot started out in Germany as a machinery manufacturer starting a branch in Djon in 1887 where in 1890 the factory added bicycles to its products. The 20th century brought their first motorbike in 1902. At the time of this card they were producing 250cc machine with a 2 speed gearbox, powered by a British JAP engine. The largest motorcycle manufactures in France for the most part of the 20th century, their bikes won many races and they even ventured into motorised bicycles in the 1930s, but were eventually taken over by Peugeot in 1958 and by 1961 all production had ceased.
I cannot find any information about the artist of the poster, signed Nick (the back of the card refers to him as Nyck but I think he may have used both signatures); possibly worked for an advertising agency in Paris as there are other posters by him such as
Our hostess of Postcard Friendship Friday is Beth at The Best Hearts Are Crunchy