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Microcosm Publishing -- Evolution Cruiser Bicycle
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Political sticker
California (state), United States
The image on this sticker, designed by Joe Biel of Microcosm Publishing, is commonly referred to as the 'March of Progress'. This popular evolutionary illustration depicts the linear trajectory of an ancestral ape transforming into a proud, tool-wielding human. In this instance the iconic image is used to express a passion for bicycles with a reference to feminism. A female is portrayed instead of a male at the end of the progression. "The “March of Progress”, an illustration first created by Rudolph Zallinger and seen on the cover of Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species, is adapted here with a cyclist as the final step in man’s evolution. The March of Progress “suggests that evolution follows a linear trajectory… a parade of hominids walking from left to right, evolving as they go from knuckle-walking ape to tall, spear-carrying Cro-Magnon. It was created at a time when few hominid species were known, and our course of thinking was indeed somewhat linear.” -- Anthropology In Practice website -- "As we ride more modern and practical citybikes, sometimes it's important to let your hair flow, put on your skirtguard, and enjoy the commute! -- Microcosm Publishing website
Courtesy of the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery.
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Microcosm Publishing; Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair
March of Progress -- Evolution Cruiser Bicycle
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"Paper Bullets: 100 Years of Political Stickers From Around the World"
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Council of Independent Colleges provided funding support for this project.
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