Really digging these photies found on my daily perusement of the interweb.
From what I gather they were all taken between the 1960 and 1963 at what the French quite fittingly called ‘Courier’ races. However at the source you will find photographic examples of the races from as early as 1890!
The photograph underneath is pure greatness. These guys must be the most stylish newspaper delivery boys I ever saw.
The French in the 20s and 30s and beyond, it seems, had races for just about everything – from cars to bicycles to childrens pedal-cars and scooters, just about every means of transport was represented with its own “championship”. Bicycle couriers of various descriptions, common throughout Paris, were no exception. In the years prior to World War II, and even during the war (and perhaps even after), several events occurred annually which gave the couriers their chance to shine – and shine they did.
Source – You may also like this video from 1942 of one of the aforementioned ‘courier’ races.