|Old bicycle head badges have long intrigued me for their beauty and their engaging names: Girlcycle, Peoria King, Roadmaster, to name just a few. Reputations of bike manufacturers were built upon these names and identifying brands, and the design of their head badges took on greater significance as the competition among them increased. As you can see from many of the examples here, the most successful bicycle badges relied a great deal on the work of skilled designers and lettering artists of the day. Most of them were originally made of etched metals and often included cloisonné inlay. Today these elaborate badges are highly collectible because they are such beautiful examples of early graphic design. I've included just a few of my favorites from various sources described below each of them.|
::Harmony, from The Cabe; The Classic & Antique Bicycle Exchange.
The lettering is so ornate, the remind me of illuminated letters. It is interesting how this generation felt their engineering was important enough to merit embellishment. Sewing machines of the era are similar in their ornamentation.ReplyDelete