This is a 1973 color reproduction of a poster that was created circa 1895 by artist C. M. Coolidge to advertise Columbia Bicycles, manufactured by the Pope Mfg. Co.
Period Paper is pleased to offer a wonderful collection of prints of bicycle advertising posters. This stunning collection will be of interest to graphic design artists as well as those interested in the history of bicycling. Please note that these prints are 1973 reproductions of the original posters. These fabulous prints would look excellent framed.
This 38+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. No aging. No creases. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is printing on the reverse.
Columbia Bicycles, Pope Manufacturing.
Albert Augustus Pope, of the Pope Manufacturing Company, founded the Columbia Cycle Company in Hartford, Connecticut. Pope gained a great fortune early on by purchasing Pierre Lallement�s original bicycle patent. Thereafter, Pope actively and aggressively pursued the rights to as many bicycle patents as possible, thus limiting other American bicycle manufacturer�s abilities to make a profit. Pope also invented ball bearings in all moving parts of the bicycles, as well as hollow steel tubes used in the cycle�s frame. He invested much of his time in promoting the bicycle industry, through clubs, races and more. In 1878, the company introduced the Columbia High Wheeler bicycle. Until 1896, The Pope Manufacturing Company was the leader amongst United States bicycle producers.
Interesting Advertising Fact:
The Columbia Cycle Company was the first transportation company to utilize the Art Nouveau style in its advertising. Upon its great success, other transportation companies quickly followed suit.
Copyright 2016, Period Paper LLC
This piece was illustrated by Coolidge, Cassius Marcellus. Artist signature in print - bottom left of image.