On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will face off against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Whether you are a fan of Tom Brady and the Patriots or your allegiances lie with the defensive-minded Seahawks, the game (and accompanying commercials, half-time show, and viewing parties) should result in an entertaining and fun event. To celebrate, we are sharing several of our football prints- both antique and modern- on the blog. Enjoy!
From the earliest depictions of penny farthings and velocipedes on dirt lanes, to modern-day prints of bike commuters navigating busy city streets, our prints celebrate and illustrate the convenience, athleticism, and joy of cycling. Some of our historic prints show the bicycle in its earliest stages of development- with over-sized front wheels, or still lacking pedals or gears. They also highlight the beginnings of a strong “bike culture” in the 19th century. Many took to this popular form of transportation and amusement, going on long afternoon group rides or joining cycling clubs. We also have several great racing prints, showing fans at the velodrome, watching racers sprint around and around. Contemporary artists like Art Werger, Susan Pyzow, and Su-Li Hung have also depicted cyclists in their prints.
We hope you enjoy our bike print round-up, and we invite you to visit our Washington DC and New York City galleries to view these prints in person!
AT OPG= Print is located at The Old Print Gallery, 1220 31st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007. www.oldprintgallery.com t: 202-965-1818
AT OPS= Print is located at The Old Print Shop, 150 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY, 10016. www.oldprintshop.com t:212-683-3950
We have new Washington, D.C. scenes and maps to share with our readers today. We are very excited about the bird’s-eye view of Georgetown- it is difficult to find depictions of our section of town (OPG is located in historic Georgetown), so we are always on the lookout for interesting views and renditions. What is interesting about older depictions of Washington and its iconic buildings is they illustrate all of the changes and development that have happened to our city- several thoughtfully planned, and several as a result of unforeseen and unpredictable circumstances- like war, flooding, huge population growth, or new technologies, like cars, electricity, or plumbing. We hope you enjoy these views as much as we do!
1. Georgetown a bird’s eye view. LINK.
2. Washington City, D.C. LINK.
3. Washington, D.C. – The Inauguration of President Garfield. – View on the Grand Military and Civic Procession on Pennsylvania Avenue, Looking from the Dome of the Capitol. LINK.
4. United States Capitol. LINK.
5. Map of the Cities of Washington and Georgetown D.C. LINK.