From Big Bang to suck-squeeze-bang-blow and beyond
Just as it says on the packet, some of the cartoons and yarns that made the pioneers chuckle, or maybe wince.Also unearthed are some illustrations that have more to do with whimsy than humour. In any case, like the poems, they offer an insight into those early days on the road. You’ll also find some rather fine postcards. Enjoy.
When riders were on tour they wanted to send postcards home, particularly if the postcards had bikes on.
Here’s a charming trio of postcards from La Belle France. The caption they each carry tells the story: “We often need someone smaller than ourselves”
Judging by the next two images, bulls were a recurring nightmare for French motorists…
As shown by the following series of six illustrations, the Italians have a style all their own: