||Rare, turn of the century original Gladiator automobile poster. Linen backed and in very good condition. Large format image - sheet original stone lithograph. This antique stone lithograph shows 3 people riding along in the Gladiator automobile and a man on a Gladiator bicycle. The background has snow covered mountains that would most likely be the French Alps.
The Gladiator bicycle firm was founded in 1891 by Auro and Darracq. By 1896, when the automobile fever had already swept through France and England, a British groupaquired Gladiator and joined it with Clement with the idea of producing automobiles. The first model was a 4- h.p., single cylinder car with the engine mounted horizontally on a tubular frame. In 1910 the company was bought back from the British and moved back to Puteaux/Seine. Imp: Cornille & Domicille, Paris. Ref: Auto Show 1, 178, PAI XXIX 5.