Major Taylor

"Major Taylor" Marshall W. 'Major' Taylor. By Louis Galice, 1902. Color lithographic poster with relief printing. 130 x 93.5 cm (51 3/16 x 36 13/16 in.): Marshall W. “Major” Taylor, the son of a coachman from Indianapolis, was the “fastest bicycle rider the world had ever known” when this poster was published in 1902. In the course of his sixteen-year career, Taylor competed in races throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand; won numerous championships; set several world records; and became one of the most glorified cyclists of the era when bicycling was an international craze. This Belgian poster advertises Taylor’s appearance at a small fair at the Velodrome Zurenborg in Antwerp.

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