Original 1884 Victor High Wheel Bicycle / Tricycle Illustrated Advertising Sign
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Original 1884 Victor High Wheel Bicycle / Tricycle Illustrated Advertising Sign:
Very rare, original, 1884, Heavy Paperboard Advertising Sign for "Victor" High Wheel Tricycles manufactured by the Overman Wheel Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts. This fantastic Advertising Sign features a wonderful engraved illustration of the important, chain drive Victor Tricycle.
This wonderful, original High Wheel Tricycle Advertising Sign measures approx. 10 5/8" by 8 5/8" and is printed on a stiff and very heavy weight paperboard stock (feels almost like wood). The Sign is dominated by the central image of the rather complex Victor Tricycle - at the time the most popular and successful High Wheel Tricycle manufactured in the United States. Text at the top of the Sign reads "Victor Tricycle" and "Won All Races in '83". Text on the left edge of the Sign reads "Staunch and Speedy" and text on the right edge reads "Health and Pleasure". Text at the bottom of the Sign reads "Overman Wheel Co. / Chicopee, Mass. / Largest Tricycle Makers in America". Further text reads "Send Stamp for Illustrated Catalog" and "Regarding this tricycle, if you should try one I'll wager a new string of fancies you'll buy one".
Albert H. Overman was a colonel in the U.S.A army. In 1881 he formed the Overman Wheel Company, contracting with the Ames Manufacturing Company, a maker of ammunition, arms and sewing machines in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts to make his High Wheel Bicycles and Tricycles. The company was located in Chicopee, Massachusetts from 1881 to 1889 when it moved to Hartford, Connecticut.
The Overman Wheel Company became one of the most well known bicycles companies in the United States along with Albert Pope, Iver Johnson and Gormully & Jeffery, Chicago, IL. In the early 1880's Overman made the famous "Victor" High Wheel Bicycles and Tricycles (the Victor Tricycle being Advertised on this rare Sign).
This very rare and wonderful American High Wheel Bicycle Company Advertising Sign is in very good condition - intact and sound the heavy weight paperboard has no edge wear, creases, breaks or tears. The strike is dark and bold and the Sign is very attractive. The surface of the Sign does have some soiling and wome light water staining as can be seen in the scans below. There are also 2 small nail holes at the upper corners of the Sign which were surely used to hang the Sign at a retail location. There are also a few other TINY holes in the Sign that appear to have been made with a pin or a VERY small gauge nail. The Sign is much more attractive “in hand” than it appears in the scans below.
A very rare and important, 1884, Advertising Sign for "Victor" High Wheel Tricycles and a fantastic addition to any collection!!
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