Description: We offer a group of four bicycle advertising materials featuring celebrity fat men, Joe “Baby” Grimes and Leonard “Baby” Bliss. During the cycling craze of the late 19th century both men were hired to demonstrate the strength of various bike parts and brands. Item #P00117
Joe “Baby” Grimes is represented in the following items:
-An enormous advertising photograph for the Cleveland Bicycle, 21 ¼” x 16” in a period oak frame 33 ½” x 27 ½”. At the lower right is the blindstamp of photographer C. W. Hearn at 394 Boylston Street, Boston.
-A circular advertising trade card for The Kelly Handle Bar Company based in Cleveland, Ohio. It is 3 1/8” in diameter. One side depicts Grimes seated on two chairs with his arm leaning over a bicycle, the other is tinted pink and printed with the Kelly Handle Bar emblem.
-An advertising trade card for the Cleveland Bicycle by H. A. Lozier & Co, 4 1/8” x 2 1/8”. Joe Grimes, "The heaviest rider in the world", is featured on one side and Cleveland bicycle info on verso.
Baby Bliss is featured on an untouched calendar from 1986 for the America Cycle Manufacturing Company. It is 11” x 7” with a grommet at the center top margin. It is stamped at the right “B. B. Emery Co. N. E. Agents, 40 Columbus Ave., Boston.”. Full calendar still attached. The America Cycle Manufacturing Company was established in 1895 and based in Chicago. They made high end, well-engineered bicycles but were not able to compete in a competitive and saturated market, the company folded in 1897.
Condition: The photograph, although not been examined out of the frame, appears to be in very good condition. The smaller advertisements are in good condition with minimal flaws (rust to calendar staples, a spot or two, bumps to calendar corners).