Weekly Miroir Sprint / But & Club
Here's a fabulous way to immerse yourself in the history of cycling, through archives from the Vandystadt collection and original publication in magazines and newspapers of the day.
Miroir-Sprint was a French weekly sports magazine close to the French Communist Party, created in 1946 and disappearing in 1971. 400,000 copies were distributed in 1950.
Le Miroir des sports is a French weekly magazine of photographic illustrations devoted to sport. Created in 1920 as a follow-up to Le Miroir, the title has had several lives. It ceased publication in 1968
The reappearance of Miroir des Sports in 1951, after a 7-year hiatus, coincided with Félix Lévitan taking over as editor of the weekly, a man who was to become one of the key figures in cycling for over thirty years. He was certainly a sports journalist. In fact, he was one of the driving forces behind the Union syndicale des journalistes sportifs de France. But he also co-organised the Tour de France with his newspaper Le Parisien libéré. Le Miroir des sports gives him a degree of freedom of expression that he cannot enjoy in the columns of Le Parisien libéré, where he is editor-in-chief.