Treasure 37: Poster for the Annual Athletic Festival, 1894

This treasure is a poster, advertising a sporting bonanza that took place on Matlock Cricket Ground on 15 September 1894. For sixpence you could have seen the ‘amateur gentlemen’ taking part in flat races, safety bicycle races and pony races. There was even an egg and spoon race – although that does seem to have been for school children rather than ‘gentlemen’.

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2 thoughts on “Treasure 37: Poster for the Annual Athletic Festival, 1894

  1. The cycling exhibition was brilliant!
    Can we have another cycle related exhibition please? This poster could then be exhibited along with other newly turned up effects and ephemera.

  2. Brilliant! Safety bicycles were definitely less treacherous than the penny farthings which preceded them! This would have been an excellent addition to the cycling exhibition last year.

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