Bicyclesby A. Romes
A woman glorifies a bicycle with a laurel wreath.Surely one of the most grandiose concepts for advertising a bicycle--the woman glorifying the machine with a laurel wreath in a formal setting, the whole scene in an opulent gold frame. Columbia bicycles sponsored a poster contest in 1896; the winner was Maxfield Parrish of Philadelphia, second prize went to 0. Rohn of Montclair, N.J. and third prize (for this image) went to A. Romes of New York City. It was so popular that it was reprinted in Germany and in France. Columbia Chainless is a brand name of the Pope Manufacturing Co.