Couronne, Pierre

1950s Vintage French BB Griffon Poster

$725.00
  • 1950s Vintage French BB Griffon Poster

Couronne, Pierre

1950s Vintage French BB Griffon Poster

$725.00

Date: 1950s
Size: 42 x 31.25 inches
Artist: Pierre Couronne

"The well established Griffon Bicycle Company built their first motorcycles in 1902, using one of their bicycle models as a basis to which they fitted an engine. Development was rapid, and the following year they presented 10 different models at the Paris Show. Racing success followed, and in 1904 one of their machines achieved the then astonishing speed of 65 mph. After more than a quarter of a century, having led the field in competition and built many fine road machines, the company was absorbed by Peugeot in the late 1920s. Peugeot built machines under the Griffon marque until 1956." (cybermotorcycle)

The advertisement was later re-issued under the Peugeot mantel, but we know this poster is from the first printing because the 'Griffon' name still appears in the logo! Designed by Pierre Couronne (1928-2013) and published by Bazaine, a name tied to several other Peugeot ads from the 1950s. In lovely condition, unlined and ready to be framed. A perfect gift for a cyclist or mid-century modern enthusiast!