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1891 Ad Antique Pope Boston Columbia Bicycles Bikes Biking Cycling Exercise AAG1

1891 Ad Antique Pope Boston Columbia Bicycles Bikes Biking Cycling Exercise AAG1

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This is a small original 1891 black and white print ad for the Pope Manufacturing Company of 77 Franklin Street in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as 12 Warren Street in New York, and 291 Wabash Avenue in Chicago. Their factory is located in Hartford Connecticut. This ad features their Columbia Bicycles.


This 120+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Moderate aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No natural defects. Some moderate surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is very slight bleed through on this ad from the print on the reverse. Please also note that there is a heavy indent in this ad at the back wheel of the bicycle that is not visible in the item image.

  • Product Type: Original Print Ad; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 2.25 x 2 inches; 6 x 5 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

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 LallementÕs original bicycle patent. Thereafter, Pope actively and aggressively pursued the rights to as many bicycle patents as possible, thus limiting other American bicycle manufacturerÕs 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 cycleÕs 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.

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