Six Spectacular Scrapbooks of Bicycle Racing from the 1960s including the Tour de France, World Cycling Championships, and Track Racing [Cycling, Jan Janssen]

By: Knebel, Hans

Price: $850.00

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Book Condition: Very Good


Assembled by Hans Knebel, no location but it appears to be Amsterdam or its environs, 1959-1968, with additional programs laid in from 1969-1972. A true labor of love, these neatly arranged and well-organized scrapbooks showcase this young Dutchman’s love of professional cycling. Most of the clippings and all the hand-written text are in Dutch. All the scrapbooks appear complete with no missing items.

The first scrapbook was cobbled together from used algebra and geometry school notebooks, 17 by 21 cm, 57 pages of the notebooks are used, while the remaining 5 pages have old math notes. Very good with wear to the covers and edges. An impressive juvenile effort from young Hans, this scrapbook focuses on the 1959 track cycling World Championships that were held at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam and the road cycling World Championships held in Zandvoort. Includes numerous clippings from Dutch newspapers and sports magazines, many of which are large enough to have to be unfolded to view, as well as two different 32-page programs for the event with striking cover graphics. Also, tipped-in is a ticket for the track races and twenty-eight autographs from cyclists taking part in the races including American Ted Ernst (now a member of the U.S. Cycling Hall of Fame) and the Italian track champ Domenico De Lillo.

The next two collections are housed in production, spiral-bound platboeks, 22 by 32.5 cm, 42 pages each. Both are very good with wear to the corners and edges of the covers and light soiling on the back covers. These scrapbooks focus on 1959-61 road and track racing seasons, with an emphasis on Dutch riders including Peter Post, Jan Derksen, Leen van der Meulen, Jo de Roo, Wim van Est (the first Dutch cyclist to wear the Yellow Jersey), Arie van Vliet, Ab Geldermans, and many more, as well as international cycling greats like Federico Bahamontes, five-time Tour de France winner Jacques Anquetil, Rik Van Steenbergen, Fausto Coppi, Rudi Altig, Roger Rivière, the “King of the Classics” Rik van Looy, etc. One of the scrapbooks features eight postcards, including ones autographed by the Dutch track champion Martin Wierstra, Australian John Perry, and Frenchman Roger Rivière. Rivière was a track champion and considered a top contender for the 1960 Tour de France until a horrific crash ended his career. Tipped-in is a 16-page program from the June 1960 Grand Prix of Amsterdam track championships at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, with event winners penciled in, as well as a ticket for the event. There is also a program from the July 1960 International Cycle Races at the Olympic Stadium for the Gerrit Schulte Trophy for the best amateur cyclist, and a ticket for the event. There are hand-written results for the 1960 Ronde van Nederland (won by Post), and while most of the image clippings have their captions attached, others are neatly hand-written.

The final three volumes focus on the greatest of all stage races, the Tour de France. These collections are housed in production, spiral-bound scrapbooks, 25 by 33.5 cm, 94, 118, and 102 pp. Very good with minor wear. Composed primarily of very neatly arranged news clippings, each volume features two editions of le Tour, 1963/1964, 1965/1966, and 1967/1968. The covers are decorated with clipping and foil dates, and the first pages of two volumes use cut-out letters—ransom-letter style—for the titles. While there’s an expected bias towards the Dutch riders, all the great champions are well represented in Knebel’s stage-by-stage record of the event. The big names get a lot of coverage, including Jacques Anquetil, Rik van Looy, Federico Bahamontes, Felice Gimondi, Julio Jiménez, Lucien Aimar, Willy Planckaert, Rudi Altig, and Roger Pingeon, but the Dutch cycling star Jan Janssens was front and center in the Dutch press. And for good reason; after Janssen won a stage and then dropped out of the ’63 Tour, he began to make the long climb to the top of the podium. In 1964 he won two stages and the green jersey (points classification). In 1965 Jan won a stage and found himself in green again and, after a down year for ’66, he had a repeat of a stage win and the point classification for 1967. Janssen’s pinnacle came in 1968 with two stage wins and the overall victory—the same year he also won the Vuelta a España. Aside from the 1969 and ’70 Tours where Janssen finished but didn’t make any podiums, his entire Tour de France career is covered in these scrapbooks. There is also coverage of Tom Simpson’s death due to doping during the 13th stage of the 1967 Tour de France, and laid in the final album are two Dutch newspaper sections from 1980 and ’81 with stories on the Tour de France. Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk won in ’80, and Dutch riders won five stages in ’81.

Also included are four different programs for the 1969 “popular competitions” at the Olympic Stadium, with results penned in, and ticket stubs in two of the programs; programs for the Track Championships of the Netherlands for 1969, 1970, and 1972, also with results penned in and ticket stubs in two of the programs; program for the June 1969 International Track Races at the Olympic Stadium, with results penned in, and two tickets and two news clippings about the event laid in; and a program for the Grand Prize of Amsterdam track event at the Olympic Stadium in June 1969 with results penned in, and one ticket and one news clipping laid in. An impressive archive.

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Title: Six Spectacular Scrapbooks of Bicycle Racing from the 1960s including the Tour de France, World Cycling Championships, and Track Racing [Cycling, Jan Janssen]

Author Name: Knebel, Hans

Categories: Sports, Bicycles, Scrapbooks, Photo Albums,

Edition: Original

Publisher: Amsterdam, 1959-1968

Binding: Scrapbooks

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 3255