This 118+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. Some moderate surface rub. No tears. Moderate water stain - top left corner.
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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