Full size sold for $ 25,300 US
Poster Auctions International, N.Y. May 1999.
"A new interest in nature, travelling, hiking and open-air sport had been
apparent for some time by the turn of the century. Young, progressive people were
particularly keen on a more mobile way of life. They wanted to escape from the
narrow confines of the velvet-draped salons, in which their parents' generation
had felt so much at home. Moreover in France a holiday in the country was one
of the most popular forms of relaxation. The Comiot firm, in advertising it's
new, two wheeled transport vehicle, fitted with every gadget from brakes to gears,
directed it's appeal at the younger generation" (Paris
"The frightened geese fleeing from the newfangled
contraption show amusingly what happens when progress intrudes on rustic tranquility:
something has got to give. From the set expression on the young rider, it's clear
that she's determined to have her way. Steinlen didn't attempt to sell the technical
details of the motorcycle; instead he sold an anecdote in graphic terms"
(Rennert PAI-XXVII, 53)