Pic of the Day 10th January, 2006
Songs of the 1949 Tour de France
Don't put away those accordions just yet! Accordion manufacturer "Paul Beuscher" published a collection of music specially selected for the 1949 Tour de France. Songs included "Maitre Pierre", "Avec Son Tra-La-La", "Pour Sur", "La Vie En Rose", "Des Mots d'Amour" (The Words of Love), "Congo" (?), "Danse Avec Moi", "Valse Perdue" (Lost Waltz - not what you want to hear in the middle of a bike race!), "Pedalou", "A Bicyclette", "L'Equipe", and "Joseph Aime le Velo".
This image shows the header to the sheet music. Illustration by "Gralliant" or "Cralliant"??? Note the wooden shoes on the spectators (and no, the 1949 TdF didn't go through Holland), detailed illustration of brake levers, bizarre headtube treatment, a hole in one spare tire on the back of the car, and how the "O" in "Velo" becomes part of the rear wheel of the car.
And is that a baby pacifier tied to the end of the string leading from
the cork in #2's waterbottle?
>From "Editions Paul Beuscher - Arpege".