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Ad for Monarch Bicycles, published in MUNSEY'S MAGAZINE in 1898. Jessie Bartlett Davis (September 1859 – May 14, 1905) was an American operatic singer and actress from Morris, Illinois, who was billed as "America's Representative Contralto" [Wikipedia]. This is an early example of a celebrity endorsement, though we have every reason to believe she actually rode bicycles: Here she is, riding. No artist's signature discernable

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Source: eBay seller more-vintage-ads

Restoration by: Michael Ward