Illustration by Nuri Ducassi, 18×24
This poster, which is part of a 12-poster series, is an homage to “the North Star state’s great display of the products of the earth and air, the outpouring of the horn of plenty into the lap of Minnesota’s loyal people,” as the Minneapolis Tribune wrote in 1896.
The late 1890s saw a cycling fever that swept the country, and Minnesota had it bad. The 1895 fair promised “A Half a Hundred Graceful Lady Riders on Wheels.” During the fair’s run that year, a parade of “thousands of enthusiastic wheelmen and wheelwomen” decked out in their cycling club colors converged on downtown Minneapolis, “the Great Army of Riders of the Flour City.” Tens of thousands turned out to see them ride, apparently without serious mishap. The cycling kit of the era featured voluminous bloomers for the wheelwomen, jaunty caps and tweedy suits for the men. In our time, pedaling at the fair comes in more varied shapes and techniques, from unicycles to BMX bikes flying off ramps with flips and spins.
Each poster is printed on-demand on heavy quality photo paper. Posters will arrive in 10-14 days.