Apr 15 2010

The Official Poster for the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Among the many racing fans who turned out at St. Patrick's Car Show last Sunday were the Kicks of Albertson. They asked me for information on their photograph of the official poster for the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race. Here's the follow-up:


The official 1910 poster for the Vanderbilt Cup Race was created by Jean Paleologue who used the pseudonyn PAL .(Note: see correction below.) It is likely that the car depicted on the poster was the #8 Alco, winner of the previous year's race. A similar painting used for the 1909 Program Guide depicted the 1908 winner the #16 Locomobile. Note the poster also promoted the planned Grand Prize Race which was cancelled due to two fatalities and poor crowd control associated with the Vanderbilt Cup Race.


Similar to PAL's 1908 poster, the artwork was displayed on the official's stand/press box at the start-finish line in the Hempstead Plains (now Levittown).


A close-up of the poster.


The #6 Simplex can be seen passing the press box and the poster.


A great photo of the #14 Corbin being serviced in front of the press box. Five posters are visible.


The Kicks duplicate the poster's driver and mechanician in the #8 car.


May 17, 2010 Update: This is a copy of the 1910 poster currently in the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum. A close-up of the poster indicates that the PAL signature is missing from the painting. Moreover, in comparison with PAL's 1908 poster (see below) the faces, landscapes and strokes of the artist are significantly different.


Accordingly, it is likely that Jean Paleologue did not paint the 1910 poster but an unnamed artist who copied PAL's style.

May 23, 2010 Update: The original painting for the 1908 poster has been discovered at the Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts.


Apr 18 2010 James B. Steerman 5:39 PM

Dear Howard,
Has anyone thought of making large prints of the 1910 poster?  I’d love to buy one.  Would frame it and hang it in a place of honor along with other such auto racing and Lancia posters we have in our house.
Jim Steerman

Apr 18 2010 Tom Grant 9:31 PM

I would also be interested in purchasing a print of the 1910 poster. Thanks again for all you do.
Be well,

Apr 19 2010 Dave Mason 11:31 AM


Add me to the list, I would love to purchase a copy of the poster. Thanks for all the great information.


Apr 20 2010 Howard Kroplick 5:45 PM

Thanks for the comments! The PAL 1908 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race posters are both beauties.


Unfortunately, I don’t know of any large reproductions of the posters currently available.

I would purchase them also!!


Jun 03 2010 Bill Fireball Garbarino 1:13 PM

Fantastic site.  I too would like to acquire a poster for display in my automotive barn.

Please keep me in mind.

Billy Garbarino

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