Following the passing of legendary French cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé at age 89 earlier this month, a man who illustrated more than 100 New Yorker covers over the years and was clearly a lover of bicycles, I stumbled upon a fascinating collection of bike-themed New Yorker covers that framebuilder Richard Sachs (@therichardsachs) has been meticulously cataloging since the late 1970s.
Richard’s self-scanned gallery of 80+ covers hasn’t been updated in a little over a decade, but he estimates that a total of around 140 covers have featured bicycles since 1928—a surprisingly high figure for a magazine that isn’t about biyclces. He has all of them, all new, never circulated, and says he’ll get around to adding the missing covers at some point. For now, there’s already a wealth of beautiful and fascinating artwork spanning many periods of modern American history to dig through in his collection.
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